The Industry Needs Help

Maya Goldman at Axios wrote about a recent Gallup survey showing people do not like nursing homes. Americans give nursing homes an average D+ grade for quality of care. No one wants to go to a nursing home when they could no longer care for themselves, according to a new survey from West Health and Gallup.

In addition, more than four in 10 U.S. adults (42%) say nursing homes are not very or not at all effective in keeping residents safe from avoidable harms such as infections, pressure wounds, and abuse and neglect.

Nursing home and home healthcare spending rates in July both were above the average year-over-year increase in total health spending of 5.7%.

Overall health spending now represents 17.4% of gross domestic product.  For a failing grade.