Retirees Can't Get Real About Health Care Costs
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Uh-oh.
Not only are U.S. health consumers lax in their effort to go see the doctor, and in taking steps to improve their physical well-being, they also consistently underestimate how much money they'll need for decent health care in retirement.
Hey, maybe Americans think they'll live forever, or that Uncle Sam will bail them out if they're waylaid by illness or injury.
Whatever the reason, American adults -- especially retirees -- really need to get their act together on health care issues, or disaster may well await them in retirement.Take a look at these numbers from Aviva USA and the Mayo Clinic and their most recent Wellness For Life study, released this week:
- Roughly one in six U.S. adults visit their doctor less than once every two years, a huge health care "no-no," according to the Mayo Clinic.
- One in eight U.S. adults view themselves as "currently unhealthy," with 30% categorized as obese.
- About 50% of Americans say they have gained weight since 2002, as opposed to 16% who say their weight has declined.
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