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Very old people may not use excessive proportion of hospital budgets

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:378
  1. Robert Behrman, consultant physician with special interest in the elderly
  1. St Mark's Hospital, East Berkshire Community Health NHS Trust, Maidenhead SL6 6DU

    EDITOR—The paper by Himsworth and Goldacre showing that time spent in hospital in the final few years of life increases little with the advancing age at death1 reminds me of a study published over 30 years ago.2 Although Pritchard's paper …

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