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The Impact of Death-Related Costs on Health Care Expenditure: A Survey. ENEPRI Research Reports No. 17, 1 February 2006

Raitano, Michele. (2006) The Impact of Death-Related Costs on Health Care Expenditure: A Survey. ENEPRI Research Reports No. 17, 1 February 2006. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    In the economic policy debate it is often stated that population ageing will lead to huge increases in the age-related components of public expenditure – primarily pensions and health care. This paper analyses a factor that may, at least partly, alleviate the fear that increased life expectancy will accelerate the rise in health-care spending: namely the fact that independent of decedent age, the bulk of per capita health-care costs are concentrated in the last years of life (the so-called ‘mortality-related’ costs). It surveys the empirical literature on health economics, presenting the main results obtained by studies on the interaction among age, proximity to mortality and health-care expenditure. Based on this analysis, it concludes with certainty that age alone is not a good predictor of rises in health-care spending, and that proximity to mortality must also be used as a predictor of health-care expenditure.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ENEPRI Research Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2009
    Page Range: p. 23
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 13:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9487

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