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dc.contributor.authorDenton, Frank T.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSpencer, Byron G.en_US
dc.description.abstractSince the prevalence of many chronic health conditions increases with age we might anticipate that as the population ages the proportion with one or more such conditions would rise, as would the cost of treatment. We ask three questions: How much would the overall prevalence of chronic conditions increase in a quarter century if age-specific rates of prevalence did not change? How much would the requirements for health care resources increase in those circumstances? How much difference would it make to those requirements if people had fewer chronic conditions? We conclude that the overall prevalence rates for almost all conditions associated mostly with old age would rise by more than 25 percent and that health care requirements would grow more rapidly than the population - more than twice as rapidly in the case of hospital stays - if the rates for each age group remained constant. We conclude also that even modest reductions in the average number of conditions at each age could result in substantial savings.en_US
dc.publisher|aResearch Inst. for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, McMaster Univ. |cHamilton, Ont.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aQSEP Research Report, McMaster University |x435en_US
dc.subject.keywordchronic conditionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordaging populationen_US
dc.subject.keywordhealth care resourcesen_US
dc.subject.stwAlternde Bevölkerungen_US
dc.subject.stwÄltere Arbeitskräfteen_US
dc.titleChronic health conditions: Changing prevalence in an aging population and some implications for the delivery of health care servicesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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