Take Charge of Your Healthcare

According to the 2019 Anne Arundel County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), the number of senior citizens (55 years of age and older) in the county is continuing to rise, as is their average length of life. The 2019 CHNA also cites inpatient hospitalizations increase with age and the access to primary care physicians for Anne Arundel County residents is limited.

Having more seniors who are living longer, with limited access to primary care physicians and increased inpatient hospitalizations, increases Anne Arundel County’s expenditure on healthcare.

Decreasing the number and length of hospitalizations can reduce expenditures on healthcare. Unwanted, futile and costly medical interventions can be avoided by educating individuals that they have the power to make healthcare decisions in advance. According to a 2018 survey by The Conversation Project, 92% of people say talking about end-of-life care with their loved ones is important but only 32% have had the conversation. The Take Charge of Your Healthcare Decisions Initiative can help.