Stat of the day: cost of living

Charles Cowling

 

22 per cent of all health spending goes to people in their last year of life.

 

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Jenny Uzzell
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Alternatively, is there less spent on the younger and healthier because (on average you understand) they don’t need it! I spend very little of my available time cleaning rooms that are already pretty clean, if you see what I mean!

Paul Hensby
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Clearly, people require greater medical intervention and care the more seriously ill they are, whether due to accident, disease or age.
Is there a case for reducing the amount spent on the dying, given the inevitability of their deaths, to increase the chances of a longer life for younger and less ill people on whom more health resources can be targeted?