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Life Expectancy Is Better Than Age as a General Predictor of Health Care Expenditures

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): RAND Corporation

Author(s): Baoping Shang; Dana P. Goldman


Type: Fact sheet


This fact sheet summarizes a study using the 1992-1999 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to investigate whether age directly affects health care costs, or whether life expectancy would produce more accurate estimates of future expenditures.