What individuals know and can do has a profound impact on the competitiveness, productivity and social cohesion of their countries. But most importantly it has an impact on the quality of their lives; on their achievements and self-fulfilment, according to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.
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This report was prepared to help Korea identify and address main social policy challenges. It suggests specific policy options and a strategy to “go social”, based on the practices and reforms that have worked well in other countries.
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Mr. Gurría underlined the importance of tackling the challenges of unemployment and inequality. He said: “we need a more inclusive and greener model of growth based on sound institutions… And we must focus even more in our relations with social partners to reach such joint goals”.
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
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Demographic ageing and social changes will make it harder to care for older people who cannot cope without help. Based on a recently published OECD report, this policy brief calls for a comprehensive approach to long-term care.
“Rising inequality is not an inevitable trend. Better labour market and social policies for both men and women are key to tackling this serious threat,” said Mr. Gurría at the OECD’s Social Policy Ministerial meeting, chaired by Ms. von der Leyen, Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
“The global recovery is gathering momentum but this progress will not bear fruits if governments fail to tackle the social crisis,” said Mr. Gurría at the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the OECD’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee.
Poverty in households with children is rising in nearly all OECD countries...