Medicare, the federal health care program for Americans age 65 or older, spends $6.7 billion more a year for enrollees who are socially isolated than for those who are more connected to their communities. The added spending averages $134 a month per socially isolated enrollee. Such enrollees generally are sicker and more likely to be admitted to a nursing home after hospitalization than more-connected Medicare recipients.
Source: “Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults,” AARP Public Policy Institute, November 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y8o6rdjm
Data for the graphic are as follows:
|Condition||Monthly Cost per Enrollee (in millions)|
|High blood pressure||$163|