Inter-Generational Aspects of Health Care

Louise Sheiner

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199238828
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Inter-Generational Aspects of Health Care

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The distribution of health spending by age has important effects on inter-generational transfers. This association between age and health care consumption raises a number of issues related to inter-generational equity particularly allocation of society's resources across age groups and the affect of an increase in health spending on distribution over time. This article discusses the inter-generational implications of public sector health care spending and financing. Health spending has two attributes that raise the question of inter-generational transfers: first, health care spending varies by age and second, the government heavily subsidizes health care. This article addresses the ways by which increase in life expectancy and other improvements in health might affect the per capita health spending on the elderly. Finally, it mentions the need for future research as much remains to be learned about how each of these attributes of the health system will evolve over time.

Keywords: health spending; age; inter-generational; financing; subsidizes

Article.  8608 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare ; Public Economics

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