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Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 May;33(5):815-22. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1224.

US health spending trends by age and gender: selected years 2002-10.


This article presents estimates of personal health care spending by age and gender in selected years during the period 2002-10 and an analysis of the variation in spending among children, working-age adults, and the elderly. Our research found that in this period, aggregate spending on children's health care increased at the slowest rate. However, per capita spending for children grew more rapidly than that for working-age adults and the elderly. Per capita spending for the elderly remained about five times higher than spending for children. Overall, females spent more per capita than males, but the gap had decreased by 2010. The implementation of Medicare Part D, the effects of the recent recession, and the aging of the baby boomers affected the spending trends and distributions during the period of this study.


Children’s Health; Demography; Elderly; Health Spending; Medicare

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