Intensive Medical Technology and the Reduction in Disability

Edited by David M. Cutler

in Analyses in the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226902869
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903217 | DOI:
Intensive Medical Technology and the Reduction in Disability

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This chapter investigates the role of intensive medical technologies in the decline in disability among older people in the U.S. using data from the National Long-Term Care Survey. It suggests that increased use of intensive procedures might be associated with some reduction in disability but probably does not account for the majority of the decline. The analysis indicates that most of the reduction in disability is not from people having fewer disabling conditions and suggests the potential role of increased utilization of medical services in reducing disability.

Keywords: intensive medical technologies; disability; older people; U.S.; medical service utilization

Chapter.  8448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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