8 changes to Medicare spending that would improve older Americans' health

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Medicare will spend an annual $56 billion on Aduhelm, Biogen's recently approved and much-debated Alzheimer's drug, if the drug is used by the lower end of the drugmaker's estimated target population. A dozen experts, including physicians, economists and healthcare policy specialists, shared how they think $56 billion would be better spent in a July 6 Kaiser Health News report.

Eight alternative ways Medicare could spend the money:

  1. Making Medicare more affordable by reducing out-of-pocket costs

  2. Paying for vision, hearing and dental care

  3. Supporting family caregivers

  4. Improving long-term care

  5. Helping people age in place

  6. Determining older Americans' needs

  7. Focusing on dementia prevention

  8. Addressing social determinants of health

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