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Help Wanted?

Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care

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Published on May 18, 2011

Also available in: French

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This book examines the challenges countries are facing with regard to providing and paying for long-term care. With populations ageing and the need for long-term care growing rapidly, this book looks at such issues as: future demographic trends, policies to support family carers, long-term care workers, financing arrangements, long-term care insurance, and getting better value for money in long-term care. 

 

“WHO recognizes that long-term care represents a major challenge for all countries in the world, with important implications for economic development and for the health and well-being of older people. This well-documented book provides a comparative analysis of the common challenges and diverse solutions OECD countries are adopting to respond to the growing demand for long-term care services, and particularly its implications for financing and labour markets.  It provides much needed evidence to guide policy makers and individuals.”

-Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course,
World Health Organization

 

“This carefully researched book offers invaluable data and insights into the organization and financing of long-term care in OECD countries.  The book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in international long-term care”.


-Dr. Joshua M. Wiener, Distinguished Fellow and Program Director
of RTI’s Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program, United States

SUMMARIESavailable in 2 languages

English Help Wanted? (Summary in English)
Italian Help Wanted? (Summary in Italian) Help Wanted? (Summary in Italian)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Executive Summary
Summary and Conclusions
Long-term Care
Sizing Up the Challenge Ahead
The Impact of Caring on Family Carers
Policies to Support Family Carers
Long-Term Care Workers
How to Prepare for the Future Long-term Care Workforce?
Public Long-term Care Financing Arrangements in OECD Countries
Private Long-term Care Insurance
Where To? Providing Fair Protection Against Long-term Care Costs and Financial Sustainability
Can We Get Better Value for Money in Long-term Care?
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POLICY BRIEF AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

This report received financial assistance from the European Commission

“WHO recognizes that long-term care represents a major challenge for all countries in the world, with important implications for economic development and for the health and well-being of older people. This well-documented book provides a comparative analysis of the common challenges and diverse solutions OECD countries are adopting to respond to the growing demand for long-term care services, and particularly its implications for financing and labour markets. It provides much needed evidence to guide policy makers and individuals.”
Dr. John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization

“This carefully researched book offers invaluable data and insights into the organization and financing of long-term care in OECD countries. The book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in international long-term care.”
Dr. Joshua M. Wiener, Distinguished Fellow and Program Director of RTI’s Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program, United States
 

KEY DATA

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Public and private LTC expenditure in the OECD, 2008 and 2050 

Note: Private LTC spending is unavailable for some OECD countries
Source: Help Wanted Policy Brief, © OECD 2011
 

COUNTRY KEY FINDINGS - LESSONS LEARNT

Overviews of the long-term care situation in most OECD countries are available here. The notes are available in PDF format, in English unless mentioned otherwise.


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