Notas y comentarios envejecimiento, salud y economía la encuesta nacional sobre salud y envejecimiento en México

Andrea Puig, José A. Pagán, Beth J. Soldo

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Mexico is experiencing a demographic transition in which the percentage of the population older than 50 years of age is growing rapidly as a result of increases in life expectancy. This population has special needs that must be taken into account when formulating policy, especially in terms of access to health care services and social security. In this article we present a general description of the Mexican Health and Aging Survey (MHAS), a panel study that began in 2001 and that provides a unique opportunity to study complex demographic and economic issues through the exploration of personal characteristics, socioeconomic transfers and health indicators for a sample of 15 186 middle and older age adults. We also present the most important results from different studies that have used MHAS up to date. Our review shows that Mexico faces substantial challenges in order to be able to satisfy the demand for health services for a population that is being increasingly threatened by chronic disease, particularly the elderly population that lacks health insurance coverage.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)407-418
Number of pages12
JournalTrimestre Economico
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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