Micro Data Analysis of Medical and Long-Term Care Utilization Among the Elderly in Japan
AbstractJapan is currently experiencing the most rapid population aging among all OECD countries. Increasing expenditures on medical care in Japan have been attributed to the aging of the population. Authors in the recent debate on end-of-life care and long-term care (LTC) cost in the United States and Europe have attributed time to death and non-medical care cost for the aged as a source of rising expenditures. In this study, we analyzed a large sample of local public insurance claim data to investigate medical and LTC expenditures in Japan. We examined the impact of aging, time to death, survivorship, and use of LTC on medical care expenditure for people aged 65 and above. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that age is a contributing factor to the rising expenditures on LTC, and that the contribution of aging to rising medical care expenditures should be distinguished according to survivorship.
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Hashimoto, H.; Horiguchi, H.; Matsuda, S. Micro Data Analysis of Medical and Long-Term Care Utilization Among the Elderly in Japan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 3022-3037.
Hashimoto H, Horiguchi H, Matsuda S. Micro Data Analysis of Medical and Long-Term Care Utilization Among the Elderly in Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(8):3022-3037.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hashimoto, Hideki; Horiguchi, Hiromasa; Matsuda, Shinya. 2010. "Micro Data Analysis of Medical and Long-Term Care Utilization Among the Elderly in Japan." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 8: 3022-3037.