OBJECTIVE: To analyse the inequalities in life expectancy in the Spanish population over the age of 65 according to educational level.
METHOD: Cross sectional study on the Spanish population aged 65 years and over. Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy were calculated combining mortality, health and population data.
RESULTS: People aged 65 and over with a lower educational level had shorter lives, with fewer years of good health and more years of poor health. Women lived longer, but with proportionally more years of poor health.
DISCUSSION: Social inequalities in health must be considered in the current debate on delaying the age of retirement.
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