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Is There an Age Pattern in the Treatment of AMI? Evidence from Ontario


  • Michel Grignon
  • Byron G. Spencer
  • Li Wang


In this article we analyse the rates at which those admitted to hospital with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) receive aggressive treatment, assess how those rates have changed over time, and ask whether there is evidence of age discrepancies. Estimates made on the basis of data from an administrative database that includes discharges from all acute care hospitals in Ontario for selected years, from 1995 to 2005, indicate that there are strong and persistent age patterns in the application of medical technology. Results showed that to be true even after controlling for the higher rates of co-morbidities among older patients and variations across hospitals in practice patterns.

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  • Michel Grignon & Byron G. Spencer & Li Wang, 2010. "Is There an Age Pattern in the Treatment of AMI? Evidence from Ontario," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 444, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:444

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    1. Hugo Benítez-Silva & Moshe Buchinsky & Hiu Man Chan & Sofia Cheidvasser & John Rust, 2004. "How large is the bias in self-reported disability?," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(6), pages 649-670.
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    treatment of AMI; age pattern;

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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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