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Home-delivered meals could save money for Medicare

Updated: Aug 28, 2019


根據一項新的研究顯示,聯邦醫療計畫若能為住院後較為體弱的老年人,提供免費到府健康膳食,將能於來回交通上所花費的每一美元間多節省$1.57美元,希望通過增加患者的所能獲得的醫療福利同時也能來降低成本。

Medicare could save $1.57 for every dollar spent delivering free healthy meals to frail seniors after a hospitalization, according to a new study that comes as lawmakers look to restrain costs by promoting patients' well-being.



該研究也發現57萬5千名患者中的總住院次數約為100萬次,若能提供七天到府免費健康膳食,則可避免近1萬次返回醫院的次數。

The study found more than 575,000 patients with about 1 million hospital stays. Using other established research as a guide, the consultant estimated that providing seven days of healthy meals could avoid nearly 10,000 return trips to the hospital resulting in admission.


若按此計算,聯邦醫療保險每年需花費大約1.01億美元,來提供到府免費健康膳食,但是卻能省下超過1.58億美元的來回醫院交通及醫療費用,淨節省約為5700萬美元。

Medicare would have had to spend about $101 million a year to provide meals, but it would have avoided more than $158 million in bills from return trips to the hospital. The net savings would be about $57 million.



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