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Glancing at the Times report, it seems like a cohort study has shown that those born later are likely to spend fewer days in hospital than people born earlier did at the same age; and that they are likely to have fewer episodes of emergency treatment (not sure how this was defined). The move towards shorter hospital stays may be more cultural (move to day case surgery etc) rather than an indicator of better health. And against the welcome fact of today's elderly needing less emergency treatment than their predecessors, one must balance the fact that they are on massively more preventative treatment - is someone on 15 regular tablets with no episodes of acute illness actually healthier than someone on no regular meds with a single episode of acute illness? I doubt it but this is what the Times report seems to assume.

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16 Dec 2014

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