Patterns of healthcare expenditures among older united states adults with pain and different perceived health status

David Rhys Axon, Anisa Kamel

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess the pattern of healthcare expenditures among United States (U.S.) adults aged ≥ 50 years with pain and annual total positive healthcare expenditures with different levels of perceived health. The study used the 2018 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data. Unadjusted and adjusted linear regression models were used to compare logarithmi-cally transformed total healthcare expenditures between those with excellent, very good, good, and fair/poor health. The a priori alpha value was 0.05. The study included 5123 U.S. adults aged ≥50 with self‐reported pain (excellent = 8.9%, very good = 28.3%, good = 36.2%, fair/poor = 26.6%). In adjusted analyses, compared to fair/poor health, those with excellent health had the greatest adjusted reduction in expenditures (55% lower), followed by very good health (36.5% lower) and good health (24.9% lower). In conclusion, total positive healthcare expenditures were comparatively lower among those with better perceived health status for older (≥ 50 years) U.S. adults with pain that interfered with normal work in the past four weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1327
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Health expenditures
  • Health status
  • Older adults
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Information Management
  • Leadership and Management

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