Pensions and the Health of Older People in South Africa: Is there an Effect?

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock*, Sutapa Agrawal

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Abstract

This paper critically reviews evidence from low and middle income countries that pensions are associated with better health outcomes for older people. It draws on new, nationally representative survey data from South Africa to provide a systematic analysis of pension effects on health and quality of life. It reports significant associations with the frequency of health service utilisation, as well as with awareness and treatment of hypertension. There is, however, no association with actual control of hypertension, self-reported health or quality of life. The paper calls for a more balanced and integrated approach to social protection for older people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1570-1586
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume50
Issue number11
Early online date17 Sept 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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