Financial well-being of older Australians with multiple health conditions
AuthorTemple, JB; Williams, R
Source TitleAustralasian Journal on Ageing
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsTemple, J. B. & Williams, R. (2018). Financial well-being of older Australians with multiple health conditions. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 37 (2), pp.127-134. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12497.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access URLAccepted version
OBJECTIVE: Given recent rises in out-of-pocket health expenses, we examined the financial well-being of older Australians with multiple health conditions and disabilities. METHODS: The 2014 General Social Survey was used to measure the: (i) current financial position; (ii) propensity to experience financial difficulties; and (iii) types of behaviours older people with multiple health conditions engage in to improve financial resilience. RESULTS: Compared to older Australians with no health conditions, respondents with multiple health conditions had lower incomes and assets and a higher propensity to hold consumer debt (once controls were included). They were at a higher risk of cash flow difficulties, dissaving to meet day-to-day living expenses and exclusion from financial providers. However, the majority of people with multiple health conditions engaged in financially resilient behaviours. CONCLUSION: Many older Australians with multiple health conditions were in a financially precarious situation with implications for the ability to afford ongoing increases in out-of-pocket health-care costs.
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