Health-Care Economics and the Impact of Aging on Rising Health-Care Costs

  • Preston B. RichEmail author
  • Sasha D. Adams


The US’ economy is the largest in the world and US health-care costs represent a larger percentage of the gross domestic product than in any other developed nation, resulting in the highest national per capita spending in the world. Economists project that health-care costs will continue to rise, eventually exceeding 50 % of all US economic transactions. The aging “baby boomer” generation is thought to be a major driving force for increased health-care expenditures, but other key issues may have even greater impact on future spending.


Gross Domestic Product Market Failure Health Spending Intensive Care Unit Care Market Clearing Price 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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