AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 1, March 2008

The Bulletin on Aging & Health

The U.S. is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not guarantee universal health care for its citizens. Currently 47 million Americans, or 18 percent of the non-elderly population, lack health insurance. The problem of the uninsured has been a major concern for policy makers for years and is back in the spotlight this year due to the presidential election and a recent major health care reform in Massachusetts. In "Covering the Uninsured in the U.S." (NBER...

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Medicare expenditures topped $400 billion in 2006, accounting for roughly one-fifth of total health care spending in the U.S. Despite average expenditures of nearly $9,500 per beneficiary, there is very little evidence that Medicare improves health. Mortality rates and self-reported measures of health display no sharp break at age 65, the age of Medicare eligibility, and there is no evidence that the introduction of Medicare in 1965 affected aggregate mortality rates. In...
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In recent years, global health issues have received a great deal of attention and funding from charitable foundations and governments around the world. Much of the attention has been focused on specific diseases, such as AIDS and malaria, which present grave challenges to many developing countries. More generally, what is known about the health of people in developing countries, particularly the very poor? Re-searchers have long been aware of large disparities in health...

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