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Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries$
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Cristiano Gori, Jose-Luis Fernandez, and Raphael Wittenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305057.001.0001

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Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries

José-Luis Fernández

Cristiano Gori

Policy Press

Since the 90s, long-term care policies have undergone significant transformations across many countries. In some instances, these changes have been the outcome of major explicit policy goals. In others, new systems have come about through the accumulation of incremental changes. As a result, LTC policy reforms in the last decades across OECD countries offer a rich body of experience that should inform the design of strategies for improving equity and efficiency in the LTC systems of the future. Therefore, the main purpose of this book is to analyse the range of solutions adopted internationally about how to organise, regulate and fund LTC services in the face of the growing needs of ageing societies. By adopting a public policy approach, this book examines the impact that the measures taken by the different public actors involved in the funding, regulation and commissioning of LTC have on dependent older people with different needs and their carers.

Keywords:   long term care, oecd nations, activities of daily living, models of care, carers, institutional actors, long term care policies, consumer directed care, voucher schemes, unconstrained cash schemes

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