Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(8), 3235-3254; doi:10.3390/ijerph7083235

Aging Risk and Health Care Expenditure in Korea

1 Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, Seocho-gu, Seocho-3 dong, Seoul 137-927, Korea 2 Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Eunpyong-gu, Bulkwang-dong, Seoul 122-705, Korea
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Received: 5 July 2010; in revised form: 4 August 2010 / Accepted: 6 August 2010 / Published: 20 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of population aging on health care expenditures in Korea. Examination of the age-expenditure profile reveals that health care resources are allocated more for the older cohort of population over time, suggesting significant growth of health care expenditures due to population aging. We contend, however, that population aging is considered as a parameter rather than an independent variable to explain rising health care expenditures. This paper shows that population aging is not found to be a significant determinant of health care expenditures according to the econometric analysis using OECD health data and time-series data for Korea. Using the components decomposition method, which measures the contribution of each component of health care expenditure, we estimate that population aging contributes only less than 10 percent.
Keywords: population aging; age-expenditure profile; components decomposition; panel regression; health care expenditure

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Tchoe, B.; Nam, S.-H. Aging Risk and Health Care Expenditure in Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 3235-3254.

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Tchoe B, Nam S-H. Aging Risk and Health Care Expenditure in Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(8):3235-3254.

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Tchoe, Byongho; Nam, Sang-Ho. 2010. "Aging Risk and Health Care Expenditure in Korea." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 8: 3235-3254.

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