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The long view

This week another chapter in our new series “Prescription America” — exploring new ways to provide better healthcare for less. Our focus in this episode — long-term care of the elderly.

More than 10 million people in the United States already have long-term health care needs, and that number is only going to grow as baby boomers and their parents live longer.

But many of them will require extraordinarily expensive full-time care. And with budgets tight across the nation, the questions are: who is going to provide that care? And who is going to pay for it?

Need to Know’s Karla Murthy recently traveled to California and profiled one family dealing with the financial and emotional stress of caring for a chronically ill loved one.

Find out more about long-term care and other pressing medical issues from the seriesĀ Prescription America.