Top 5 Benefits of Medicare

Health insurance is the most important tool we have to receive the best medical care possible without the burden of paying the full cost out-of-pocket. When people have health insurance, they are more likely to seek preventative care and visit the doctor at early stages of disease, which can lead to better health outcomes and save money in the long-run.

Top 5 Benefits of Medicare

Medicare provides many benefits to its members. Let’s take a look at the top 5:

1. Medicare increases access to healthcare for seniors

Medicare provides health insurance to millions of seniors and Americans with disabilities – some of whom would not be able to afford health insurance without the program. Before Medicare was passed in 1965, there were about 9 million seniors who did not have health insurance. In 2018, there were about 508,000 uninsured seniors. It is clear the impact that Medicare has had on the ability of our kupuna to access health insurance and achieve the best health outcomes.

According to

  • 8.1% of people aged 50-64 do not have a primary care doctor, compared to 3.3% of those 65 and older.

  • 12.4% of people aged 50-64 report delaying medical treatment because of cost compared to 4.5% of those 65 and older.

  • 47.2% of those aged 50-64 report worrying about paying medical bills compared to 29.1% of those 65 and older.

2. Medicare lifts seniors out of poverty