England and Wales spending less on older people¹s health

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The proportion of health spending allocated to people aged 65 and over in England and Wales has dropped, according to research reported in the August edition of the British Medical Journal. An international study shows that, although the share devoted to these older people went down in England and Wales, it went up in the three other countries studied ­ Canada, Japan and Australia. The researchers, from the Health Economic Research Centre at Oxford University, looked at age specific spending and demographic changes for 1985 to 1999. They found that the proportion of health budgets spent on people aged 65 and over went down from 40 per cent to 35 per cent. In contrast, the proportion spent on the same age group in Japan, Canada and Australia rose (by 12, 20, and 56 per cent respectively). “In contrast to the findings of previous studies, this analysis of health expenditure data has found that in England and Wales the high cost older groups did not have larger increases in their medical costs than the middle a

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