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Does the Age Profile of Health Care Expenditure Really Steepen over Time? New Evidence from Swiss Cantons

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  • Stefan Felder

    () (Health Economics, Duisberg-Essen University, 45117 Essen, Germany.)

  • Andreas Werblow

    () (Department of Economics, TU Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany.)

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Buchner and Wasem (2006) claimed that the health care expenditure (HCE) of the old grows faster than that of the young, resulting in a steepening of the age profile of HCE over time. This paper tests the steepening claim for Swiss health insurance, covering the time period 1997–2006 and the 26 cantons. It analyses the cantonal HCE profile of men and women, taking into account differences in the mortality rates. The study covers seven components of health care, including long-term care. By and large, no evidence is found for relevant higher growth rates for either total or the components of HCE in old age. The Geneva Papers (2008) 33, 710–727. doi:10.1057/gpp.2008.28

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  • Stefan Felder & Andreas Werblow, 2008. "Does the Age Profile of Health Care Expenditure Really Steepen over Time? New Evidence from Swiss Cantons," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan;The Geneva Association, vol. 33(4), pages 710-727, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:gpprii:v:33:y:2008:i:4:p:710-727
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    1. Fredrik Gregersen, 2014. "The impact of ageing on health care expenditures: a study of steepening," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 15(9), pages 979-989, December.
    2. Melberg, Hans Olav & Sørensen, Jan, 2013. "How does end of life costs and increases in life expectancy affect projections of future hospital spending?," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2013:9, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
    3. Wong, Albert & Wouterse, Bram & Slobbe, Laurentius C.J. & Boshuizen, Hendriek C. & Polder, Johan J., 2012. "Medical innovation and age-specific trends in health care utilization: Findings and implications," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(2), pages 263-272.
    4. Viktor von Wyl & Konstantin Beck, 2014. "Risk adjustment in aging societies," Health Economics Review, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 1-14, December.

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