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Increasing longevity and future hospital use

Manuel D, Schultz S. Hosp Q. 2001; 4(3):17.


The implications of an aging population are now a part of long-term hospital planning. David Foot's Boom, Bust & Echo guides you through the process of multiplying the number of soon-to-be-older baby boomers with the high hospitalization rates of the elderly. The inevitable result is a higher demand for future hospital services, but the number of older people is not the only issue. Increasing longevity will also affect future hospital use. Although longevity and the aging of populations are terms that are linked, there are important differences and each has distinct implications that merit consideration.

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Keywords: Health care costs Health care utilization Hospitals

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