The OECD Health Division examines challenges affecting LTC systems and services, focusing particularly on the elderly population. This page will provide you with all information on ongoing and past work on LTC - that is, care for people needing support in many facets of living over a prolonged period of time.
A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-Term Care
The project was supported by the European Commission (DG Employment).
Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care
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.
The project builds upon on-going LTC data work, the OECD Health Working Paper No.44 The Long-Term Care Workforce: Overview and Strategies to Adapt Supply to a Growing Demand and work on workforce shortages and migration.
Strengthening Data on Long-Term Care Systems
OECD Health Statistics 2015 collects data on long-term care expenditure, recipients of long-term care services and sources of funding for long-term care spending. Revisions to the definition and estimation methods of long-term care expenditure are a key component of the process of revision of the System of Health Accounts (SHA) manual which aims at improving the comparability of LTC expenditure data, as well as feasibility of the estimation methods. A report, Conceptual Framework and Methods for Analysis of Data Sources for Long-Term Care Expenditure, begins to refine the definition methodology to improve the availability and comparability of long-term care expenditure data.
Access the full dataset on Long-Term Care, available in the online database OECD Health Statistics 2015 (updated in November 2015).
Health at a Glance 2015
The latest edition of Health at a Glance (released in November 2015) includes a chapter on Ageing and Long-term Care (Chapter 11). Health at a Glance, a flagship OECD publication, provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries.
Healthy Ageing Policies
A review of current policies to prevent the onset of old-age disability, or so-called “healthy ageing policies” was released in February 2009 as OECD Health Working Paper No. 42. This paper identifies four different groups of policies: i) working longer and promoting social integration; ii) improving lifestyles; iii) adapting health care systems to the needs of the elderly; and iv) attacking underlying social/environmental factors affecting healthy ageing.
The OECD published Health Working Paper No 26 in 2006, which assesses disability trends among elderly people (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States).
Another study reviewed the implication of disability for individuals, the labour market and social policies. Disabling medical conditions are on the rise among people of working-age.
More information on a related project on mental health can be found at www.oecd.org/els/disability.
LTC-related publications at the OECD
OTHER RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES
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