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TITLE Gauging how an ageing population affects health care demand   ahead_en.pdf (3.61 MB)
Document ID LIB142
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 15/04/2005
Document reference AHEAD
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
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Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  The project will refine existing estimates of the link between reported states of medical health and the use of medical services. Researchers will examine the effects of ageing on health care; take account of the links between expenditure and fertility rates; and look at the demands put on health services by non-native populations.
Particular attention will focus on the costs of care near-death – and studies made of factors (other than demand) that influence health spending.
The aim is to produce projections of health expenditure that can accurately inform the health policy-making in Europe.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Europe’s ageing population is putting pressure on health care budgets. Rising costs impact on health care systems across the continent and also affect Europe’s wider economic prospects. Health policy makers need good-quality information so they can accurately project future costs and demands for care. New projections and scenarios for health care demand must be created if Europe is to meet the cha ...

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