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U.S. health spending by age, selected years through 2004

Hartman, Micah, Catlin, Aaron, Lassman, David, Cylus, Jonathan and Heffler, Stephen (2008) U.S. health spending by age, selected years through 2004. Health Affairs, 27 (1). w1-w12. ISSN 0278-2715

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Abstract

This paper examines variations in health spending by children, working-age adults, and seniors for selected years between 1987 and 2004. Seniors spent far more per person than children or working-age adults, but the relative gap between the age groups has not changed much since 1987 except for those age eighty-five and older. Since the inception of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 1997, the proportion of children’s health spending financed by public sources has increased, while the share paid for out of pocket has decreased. The future age-mix is expected to have a major impact on nursing home spending growth while minimally affecting overall Medicare spending growth.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.healthaffairs.org/
Additional Information: © 2008 Project HOPE
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 15:09
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44863/

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