The percentage of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double—to more than 20 percent—by 2030, according to Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, a 2008 report from the Institute of Medicine. The report predicts that the United States will need an additional 3.5 million health care providers by 2030 as a result—a 35 percent increase.
In May 2009, the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy held its 16th annual conference, which focused on how to meet the needs of aging Americans for health care services. The council is composed of health policy researchers and economists who analyze the economic impact of changes in the U.S. health care system, and disseminate their findings among policy-makers, researchers, industry and the public. The council released a policy brief summarizing each session and offering key recommendations from the conference. The council also created a Princeton Conference XVI page on its website, which includes links to the conference agenda, slides from each presentation, and the policy brief.