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Elective surgery comes with costs, discomfort, caregiving needs and more – but most adults age 50-80 who opt for an operation were very satisfied they did.
Unequal outcomes, and higher spending, seen in patients over 65 who are “dual eligible” for Medicare and Medicaid.
Patients from more socially vulnerable areas were sicker when they got to hospitals, but did just as well by the time they left – suggesting the importance of early and equal access to care.
Nearly 1 in 3 people over 50 with a scheduled procedure, or primary care or dental visit in 2021 had a COVID-related delay; many haven’t gone back yet, especially unvaccinated people.