Beds for Boomers: Will Hospitals Have Enough?

Beds for Boomers: Will Hospitals Have Enough?

The population of Californians 65 or older is projected to more than double between 2000 and 2030, and that will have a significant impact on the state's acute care hospitals, since seniors are hospitalized at much higher rates than younger people. According to a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, Beds for Boomers: Will Hospitals Have Enough? (21 pages, PDF), acute care hospital days are projected to increase by 76 percent over that period, and by 2030 the over-65 group will be using use more than half of the state's acute care days, while representing only 18 percent of the population. Moreover, only three of the seven regions examined in the report — the Greater Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County — are expected to have a sufficient number of beds to meet demand, while the Sacramento area, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Inland Empire may experience a shortfall in beds as soon as 2020.