Life Expectancy and Retirement

I’ve blogged before about the cost of healthcare in this country and how it compares with other industrialized nations across the planet. Of the top 25 such countries, we rank in the bottom 20% in terms of healthcare outcomes (longevity) and what we pay to achieve that dubious distinction. And our longevity numbers have dropped …

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Should We Support Medicare for All?

Those of us on the left end of the political spectrum are hearing some of our prospective 2020 candidates talk about ‘Medicare for All”. I think that’s a mistake. Not because I think ‘universal health care’ is a bad idea, but calling it ‘Medicare for All’ carries with it the implication of a massive government …

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Will You Need to Live in a Nursing Home?

Not to make too fine a point about this, but I don’t want that to be my fate. But it very well might be. I’ve talked about the three phases of retirement: the GO-GO years, the SLO-GO years and the NO-GO years. My mother had Alzheimer’s and lived in a nursing home for the last …

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Let’s Get Real About Health Costs in Retirement

If you’re not yet 50, the idea of having to pay for long term care is way outside your everyday mind set. Yes, it may apply to your parents or grandparents, but not in your everyday world. But as you begin to think about your personal financial future, it needs to become part of the …

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Retirees and health care: Here’s what it will cost you and how to prepare

Some will argue that health care is not a basic human right. I disagree. I think that society, you and me and everyone else, has a built in obligation, if not an absolute mandate, to preserve itself. In other words, a biological imperative to bring new humans into society and protect them. It’s how evolution …

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The Average Cost of Healthcare in 21 Different Countries

My Comments: We claim to be a rich and sophisticated country. We agree we have exceptional health care, just that it costs a lot of money. We also like to think our life expectancy reflects our sophistication when it come to health care. I’ve written before that there are five principal stakeholders in our health …

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Health costs in retirement: 5 things you should know and plan for

My Comments: How much money do you need for a successful retirement? It depends… Unless you already KNOW how your life is going to play out, you can only play the odds. And the odds say that if you are now 65, there’s a 70% chance, based on current statistics, that you’ll need some kind …

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