Increased attention is being paid to the amount and types of medical services rendered in the period before death.
There is a popular impression that a greater share of resources is being devoted to dying patients than in the past.
We examined trends in the proportion of Medicare expenditures for persons 65 years old or older in their last year of life to determine whether there were any changes from 1976 to 1988.
Using Medicare program data for 1976, 1980, 1985, and 1988, we classified Medicare payments according to whether they were made for people in their last year of life (decedents) or for survivors.
We also assigned expenses for care in the last year of life according to intervals of 30 days before the person's death and examined trends according to age.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Analyse économique, Médicare
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Human, United States, North America, America, Economic analysis
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0424704
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.