The purpose of this study was to determine the kind and degree of differences that existed in the socioeconomic status and access to financial resources of elderly members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to determine if differences existed between Church Service and private pay elderly hospital patients in economic status, type of housing, housing costs, marital status, sex, number and degree of access to children, savings and other assets.
Certain elderly members of the LDS Church were found to be significantly deficient economically because of inadequate income, low lifetime earnings and high medical expenses. Findings suggest the present system of medical welfare is somewhat inadequate, especially where hospitals provide direct service. Church Service individuals should be helped to more adequately plan their retirement finances.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Health Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Soper, Edward L., "Socioeconomic and Medicare Status Differences Between Elderly Church Service and LDS Private Pay Hospital Patients" (1976). Theses and Dissertations. 5128.
Aged, Medical care, Utah, Mormons, Social conditions, Church, social problems, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints