The Influx of Boomers' Effect on HC
There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 20 years.
What it means for healthcare is an influx of acute care needs inside the hospital and an increased demand for telehealth access, mental health treatment, and emergency room visits. Medical office visits will increase in the areas of heart health, bone health, and cancer treatment.
In addition, people are living longer and wellness is a very real trend to consider for the over 65 crowd. A hospital near me has opened up a brand new senior center within 5 minutes of my house. It offers a gym, line dancing classes, a pickle ball court, and yoga. The cost to join is very reasonable and most classes are free with membership.
The design of these facilities are influenced by the aging consumer. Hospitals need to trump up their game to address senior needs, for instance, assistance to find their way to a department deep within the system. More "front doors" are needed with direct access from parking. More locations for outpatient facilities embedded in suburban communities are being built to bring the hospital brand out further and further. We've seen the expansions of the hospital brands through remote locations and acquisitions of competitors in the last 10 years. This will mean even more prominence as the reach is mandatory to alleviate overcrowding at current facilites.