Survey: California Hispanics Concerned About Long-Term Care
Hispanics in California are much more concerned than white residents about their ability to pay for long-term care, according to a survey by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.
Researchers surveyed a random national sample of 1,419 adults ages 40 or older -- including 485 individuals who live in California -- by telephone between March 13 and April 23.
According to the survey, 55% of Hispanic residents said they are worried about how they will pay for the long-term care they may need, compared with 37% of whites.
In addition, the survey found that fewer than 20% of Hispanic California residents said they had discussed with a loved one the type of long-term care they would want, compared with nearly 50% of whites.
The survey also found that about 66% of California Hispanics said they believe they will need ongoing living assistance someday, but the majority had done little or no planning;
Meanwhile, the majority of Californians incorrectly estimated the costs of long-term care, with Hispanics being less likely than whites to accurately predict the costs (Freking/Hamilton, AP/U-T San Diego, 6/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.