The Manitoba longitudinal study on aging: preliminary findings on health care utilization by the elderly

Med Care. 1981 Jun;19(6):644-57. doi: 10.1097/00005650-198106000-00007.


This research links survey data from a large probability sample of the elderly population of one Canadian province with provincial insurance data documenting all their health care use during the years before and after the interview. The data show that "the elderly" are not high users of the health care system. Instead, a small proportion of those age 65 and older account for a disproportionately of high health-care use and discusses the implications of its findings for health care policy, practice, and research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care / trends*
  • Documentation
  • Female
  • Health Services / trends*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / trends*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Manitoba
  • Socioeconomic Factors