This paper uses Hospital Episode Statistics, English administrative data, to investigate the growth in
admitted patient health care expenditures and the implications of an ageing population. We use two
samples of around 40,000 individuals who a) used inpatient health care in the financial year 2005/06
and died by 2011/12 and b) died in 2011/12 and had some hospital utilisation since 2005/06. We use a
panel structure to follow individuals over seven years of this administrative data, containing estimates of
inpatient health care expenditures (HCE), information regarding individuals’ age, time-to-death (TTD),
morbidities at the time of an admission, as well as the hospital provider, year and season of admission.
We show that HCE if principally determined by proximity to death rather than age, and that proximity to
death is itself a proxy for morbidity.
|Name||CHE Research Paper|
|Publisher||Centre for Health Economics, University of York|
- health care expenditures