Since the outset of the Medicare program in 1965, by how much has the average number of years that men collect Medicare benefits increased?
When Medicare began in 1965, 65-year-old males had an average life expectancy of 12.9 more years. By 2016, this had risen 18.2 years. This amounts to a 41% increase in the time spent collecting Medicare benefits. For 65-year-old females, the average time spent collecting Medicare benefits increased from 16.3 years to 20.7 years, or by 27%.