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Intensive Medical Technology and the Reduction in Disability

Intensive Medical Technology and the Reduction in Disability

Chapter:
(p.161) 5 Intensive Medical Technology and the Reduction in Disability
Source:
Analyses in the Economics of Aging
Author(s):
David M. Cutler
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903217.003.0006

This chapter investigates the role of intensive medical technologies in the decline in disability among older people in the U.S. using data from the National Long-Term Care Survey. It suggests that increased use of intensive procedures might be associated with some reduction in disability but probably does not account for the majority of the decline. The analysis indicates that most of the reduction in disability is not from people having fewer disabling conditions and suggests the potential role of increased utilization of medical services in reducing disability.

Keywords:   intensive medical technologies, disability, older people, U.S., medical service utilization

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