Journal article

Health system costs by sex, age and proximity to death, and implications for estimation of future expenditure.

Tony Blakely, June Atkinson, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Nhung Nghiem, Heather McLeod, Nick Wilson

The New Zealand Medical Journal | Published : 2014

Abstract

AIMS: Health expenditure increases with age, but some of this increase is due to costs proximal to death. We used linked health datasets (HealthTracker) to determine health expenditure by proximity to death. We then determined the impact on future health expenditure projections of accounting for proximity to death in costs. METHODS: 2007 to 2009 national health event data were linked for hospitalisations, inpatient procedures, outpatient events, pharmaceuticals, laboratory tests, and primary care consultations. Each event was assigned a cost. Health expenditure by sex, age and whether in last 6 or 12 months of life or not were calculated. Future health expenditure trends were then estimated ..

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