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Aging and health care utilization: new evidence on old fallacies

Social Science & Medicine

Author: Barer, M. L., Evans, R. G., Hertzman, C., Lomas, J.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1987

Abstract:

Rapid growth in the 55+ population during the next 40 years & the concomitant higher per capita utilization of health care will generate increased needs for medical services. However, this need not lead to a cost crisis in health care if per capita rates of utilization in the elderly increase no faster than in the general population; normal economic growth can support health care needs at this level. Published data from several sources favor this conclusion for British Columbia & Manitoba. The implication of this evidence for debates over the policy implications of population aging are examined.


Further Details

Full Title: Social Science & Medicine
Pages: 851-862
Volume: 24
Issue: 10
Accession Number: 5.3.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: North Americaagingmorbidityhealth care utilizationhealth care policy
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