This chapter focuses on several different dimensions related to the health of baby boomers, highlighting boomers of color whenever data are available. It also presents a profile of current and projected health care needs and financial costs of baby boomers, with particular attention to debates about Medicare. How the nation addresses these health care and cost challenges will play a significant role in the well-being of this cohort. Just as with Social Security, debates over Medicare raise profound ethical questions about intra- and intergenerational tradeoffs in how we spend health care money. The discussions cover the role of racism in creating health disparities; the health issues and concerns faced by boomers of color; the need for a medical workforce prepared to meet the diverse medical needs of boomers; and uninsured boomers.
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