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Exploring the Effects of Population Change on the Costs of Physician Services

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  • Frank T. Denton
  • Amiram Gafni
  • Byron G. Spencer

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The effects of population aging on future health care costs are an important public policy concern in many countries. We focus in this paper on physician services and investigate how changes in the size and age distribution of a population can affect the aggregate and per capita costs of such services. The principal data set (unpublished, for Ontario) provides information about payments to physicians, by age and sex of patients. Using it, we derive age/cost profiles for 19 categories of physicians. Adopting an index-theoretic framework, we then use the profiles to analyse the "pure" effects of population change (historical or projected) on physician costs, and to decompose the effects into population growth effects and population aging effects. We present calculations for Ontario, for the populations of 15 industrialized countries, and for four theoretical populations.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports with number 358.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2001
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:358

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Keywords: aging; population change; physicians; health care costs;

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  1. Lee, Ronald & Tuljapurkar, Shripad, 1998. "Uncertain Demographic Futures and Social Security Finances," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(2), pages 237-41, May.
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  1. Frank T. Denton & Christine H. Feaver & Byron G. Spencer, 2008. "An Application of Price and Quantity Indexes in the Analysis of Changes in Expenditures on Physician Services," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 228, McMaster University.
  2. Baoping Shang & Dana Goldman, 2008. "Does age or life expectancy better predict health care expenditures?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(4), pages 487-501.
  3. Frank T. Denton & Amiram Gafni & Byron G. Spencer, 2005. "Users and Suppliers of Physician Services: A Tale of Two Populations," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 136, McMaster University.
  4. Frank T. Denton & Byron G. Spencer, 2009. "Chronic Health Conditions: Changing Prevalence in an Aging Population and Some Implications for the Delivery of Health Care Services," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 435, McMaster University.
  5. Brigitte Dormont & Michel Grignon & Hélène Huber, 2006. "Health expenditure growth: reassessing the threat of ageing," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(9), pages 947-963.
  6. Hwai-Hui Fu & Dennis Lin & Hsien-Tang Tsai & Duan Wei, 2009. "Applying lot-by-lot double sampling plan to reform Taiwan National Health Insurance auditing system," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 43(4), pages 571-584, July.

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