The Growth of Health Expenditures: Ageing vs. Technological Progress

Brigitte Dormont, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Florian Pelgrin and Marc Suhrcke

in Ageing, Health, and Productivity

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587131
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595370 | DOI:
The Growth of Health Expenditures: Ageing vs. Technological Progress

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This chapter analyses the links between health care expenditures, technology, and health status from a micro-level perspective. A conventional explanation for the rising share of health spending in GDP, by increasing coverage also boosted aggregate health spending. Another explanation is related to a cost disease story. Health, like other care services, uses labour intensively and hence may display low productivity growth. An alternative, and somewhat opposite explanation, is that the bulk of the expenditure increase is attributable to technological change. This explanation, which has received increasing attention in the literature is the focus of this chapter.

Keywords: ageing; life expectancy; health expenditure; public policy

Chapter.  7294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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