Evidence Review: The Impact of an Ageing Population on End of Life Care Costs

Matthew Townsend (2016)

Please note: this is a legacy publication from CPEC (formely PSSRU at LSE).

PSSRU Discussion Paper 2912

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Available online: 25 July 2016


While it can be said with some confidence that an ageing population will increase health and social care spending, there is greater uncertainty as to how great the burden on public expenditures will be, or what policymakers can do to respond to these changes. This report undertakes a widespread evidence review in order to summarise the most consistent findings, and highlight the likely impacts that an ageing population will have on end of life care costs. An important aspect of this review was to investigate the proportionate impact of population ageing on end of life care, and how this could influence future health and social care costs within the UK.