A recent published report suggests that lowering the Medicare eligibility to age 50 might actually save money. That argument might sound upside down: Americans are living longer, so why not delay Medicare eligibility past age 65. However, one of the country’s top experts on geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start covering preventive health care at age 50. Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, says that could help people not just live longer, but enjoy more healthy years. Meanwhile, Medicare would save money on treatment of chronic illnesses in seniors. Much of Fried’s research is focused on promotion of healthy aging, and the latest evidence shows people who get to age 60 in relatively good health are likely to stay healthy. Dr. Fried states, “It won’t cost Medicare or the country more money, but having people living not just longer but healthier is essential to being able to experience the benefits of longer lives.”
You can read more about Dr. Fried’s study at the below link.