How has health spending on seniors changed?
Spending is highest on seniors, but population aging is a modest cost driver
|Age||Population by Age Group||Health Spending by Age Group|
The Canadian Institute for Health Information, National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2014.
|Less than one||1.1%||1.1%||2.9%||3.0%|
|1 to 64||86.3%||83.6%||53.1%||51.6%|
- The share of public-sector health dollars spent on Canadian seniors has not changed significantly over the past decade — from 44.0% in 2000 to 45.4% in 2013. During the same time period, the percentage of seniors in the population grew from 12.6% to 15.3%.
- Seniors are a diverse group. In 2013, the latest available year for data broken down by age group, per-person spending for seniors increased with age:
- Age 65 to 69: $6,298
- Age 70 to 74: $8,384
- Age 75 to 79: $11,557
- Age 80 and older: $20,917
- Overall, population aging is a modest driver of increasing health care costs, estimated at 0.9% per year.
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