Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/23143
Authors: 
Buchner, Florian
Wasem, Jürgen
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionsbeiträge aus dem Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften der Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen 139
Abstract: 
If health care expenditure for the elderly grows faster than for younger people, the expenditure profiles become "steeper" – we call that "steeping". Three instruments for measuring "steeping" are presented: (1) trend of the relation between per-capita-expenditure of the old and the young; (2) comparing the linear slopes of per-capita-expenditure in age groups; (3) trend in parameters of non-linear modelling of expenditure profiles. Using data of the largest German private health insurer over a period of 18 years, "steeping" could be observed by all three methods in most examined insurance plans. A prognosis for 2040 shows that per-capita-expenditure will increase by 128 %.
Subjects: 
health care expenditure
expenditure profiles
demographics
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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