Are we ready for the next big thing?

Stephen J Duckett
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02862.x
Published online: 5 October 2009

In reply: Notwithstanding the differences in tone, Cleland and Meyers make the same substantive point: that a challenge I ignored in my short piece was the costs of meeting the different expectations of baby boomers. Regardless of the changed expectations I discussed in my article, health costs over the next few decades are predicted to increase from just over 9% of gross domestic product to over 12%.1 Economists recognise that societies appear willing to devote more spending to health care as they get wealthier, perhaps to avoid confronting the difficult choices involved in some rationing decisions.2

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  • Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


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