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Age, health and wealth

Ageing populations raise the spectre of crippling healthcare costs. Extra spending on medical research might bring healthier, happier older people who work (and pay taxes) for longer. Is that a good investment?

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Cairncross, F. Age, health and wealth. Nature 448, 875–876 (2007).

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