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Avalanche or glacier?: health care and the demographic rhetoric

Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement

Author: Barer, M. L., Evans, R. G., Hertzman, C.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1995

Abstract:

Investigates recent historical trends in medical care use, hospitalization, & long-term care utilization by the elderly to estimate the respective impact of demographic & service provision factors. Analysis is based on a review of empirical data gathered in British Columbia over the last decade. Sources of error about the effects of an aging population on health care costs are discussed, focusing primarily on the confusion between changes in patterns of care for particular age groups & changes in overall care levels. While utilization has increased dramatically among seniors, it is due less to growth in their numbers than to a rise in health services provided to them over the past decade. It is thus suggested that the central concern should be over what constitutes the appropriate care of aged persons, not the effects of their demographic proportions.


Further Details

Full Title: Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement
Pages: 193-224
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 5.3.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 28/08/2013
Keywords: North Americaolderhealth improvement
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