New findings on the costs of healthcare in old age

08 November 2017

Image: National Institute for Health ResearchMultiple illnesses and end-of-life care drive high healthcare costs in old age, a new study by the National Institute for Health Research shows. The research – which investigated healthcare costs in people over 80 years old – found that an increasing number of health conditions and age-related impairments, along with proximity to death, are more strongly linked to healthcare costs than age alone.

This suggests that to provide person-centred and efficient healthcare services for all, planning should take account of the number and types of conditions rather than age alone.

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