Older people cost health service no more than the young
A new study suggests that older people do not cost the health service any more than younger people. The study by researchers at the University of Bristol shows that older people do not necessarily need more hospital treatment than the young. The researchers analysed the medical needs of people of different ages in the three years leading up to their death. Professor Shah Ebrahim, professor of epidemiology at Bristol University, who helped compile the study, said the results showed that the significant factor was not age but closeness to death, with healthcare needs increasing closer to death, regardless of age. He said the research should allow for more effective planning of the healthcare budget.