“There are over fifteen thousand nursing homes, rest homes, retirement villages, call them whatever you want, from coast to coast. About a million and a half total beds, and almost all are filled, demand is constant. Many of the patients suffer from various forms of dementia and are out of it, completely.
. On average, a nursing home charges Medicare between three and four thousand dollars a month per resident. Its actual cost — a few meds, the bed, the nutrients in the tube — is much less, so it’s a profitable business. And a booming one. Six million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and the number is increasing rapidly.
Last year Alzheimer’s cost the federal government close to three hundred billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments.”
“It’s sort of a legal thriller with female characters who leave a lot to be desired.”