Population aging

A comparison among industrialized countries

Gerard F Anderson, Peter Sotir Hussey

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Increasing longevity and declining fertility rates are shifting the age distribution of populations in industrialized countries toward older age groups. Some countries will experience this demographic shift before others will. In this DataWatch we compare the effects of population aging on health spending, retirement policies, use of long-term care services, workforce composition, and income across eight countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. International comparisons suggest that the United States is generally well positioned to cope with population aging; however, three areas should be carefully monitored: heavy reliance on private-sector funding of retirement, coverage of pharmaceuticals for the elderly, and a high proportion of private long-term care financing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-203
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

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Developed Countries
Retirement
Long-Term Care
retirement
Population
Private Sector
Birth Rate
international comparison
fertility rate
Age Distribution
New Zealand
pharmaceutical
France
Canada
Germany
age group
private sector
Japan
Age Groups
coverage

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  • Health Policy

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Population aging : A comparison among industrialized countries. / Anderson, Gerard F; Hussey, Peter Sotir.

In: Health Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2000, p. 191-203.

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Anderson, Gerard F ; Hussey, Peter Sotir. / Population aging : A comparison among industrialized countries. In: Health Affairs. 2000 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 191-203.
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