Arnett 3d, Ross H; McKusick, David R; Sonnefeld, Sally T
In recent years, concern has increased over the rapid growth of health care spending, especially spending on behalf of the
aged. In 1987, those 65 years or over comprised 12 percent of the population but consumed 36 percent of total personal health
care. This article is an examination of the current and future composition of the population and effects on health care spending.
National health accounts aggregates for 1977 and 1987 are split into three age groups, and the consumption patterns of each
group are discussed. The variations in spending within the aged cohort are also examined.
Adolescence : Adult : Age Factors : Aged : Child : Comparative Study : Health Expenditures/statistics & numerical data : Health
Services for the Aged/economics : Human : Insurance, Health/statistics & numerical data : Medicaid/statistics & numerical
data : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : Middle Age : Population : United States