Informal care and health care use of older adults.

TitleInformal care and health care use of older adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsVan Houtven, CHarold, Norton, EC
JournalJ Health Econ
Date Published2004 Nov
ISSN Number0167-6296
Call Numberpubs_2004_JnlHealthEcon.pdf
KeywordsAged, Female, Health Care Surveys, health policy, Health Services for the Aged, Home Care Services, Home Nursing, Homes for the Aged, Humans, Male, Nursing homes, United States

Informal care by adult children is a common form of long-term care for older adults and can reduce medical expenditures if it substitutes for formal care. We address how informal care by all children affects formal care, which is critically important given demographic trends and the many policies proposed to promote informal care. We examine the 1998 Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and 1995 Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest-Old Panel Survey (AHEAD) using two-part utilization models. Instrumental variables (IV) estimation controls for the simultaneity of informal and formal care. Informal care reduces home health care use and delays nursing home entry.

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Caregiving/Health Care Utilization/Elderly

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Alternate JournalJ Health Econ
Citation Key6976
PubMed ID15556241
Grant ListR03-AG16558 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
T32 HS00032 / HS / AHRQ HHS / United States