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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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Conclusion: looking ahead in long-term care policies

Conclusion: looking ahead in long-term care policies

(p.293) Thirteen Conclusion: looking ahead in long-term care policies
Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries

Cristiano Gori

José-Luis Fernández

Raphael Wittenberg

Policy Press

This concluding chapter reviews the findings of the rest book in order to map and discuss the most important challenges and dilemmas that long-term care policies are going to face internationally. The focus of policy has shifted from development of care services to meeting the challenges of increasing demand, rising expectations, constrained budgets and concerns about future supply of care. Policies must take account of the expected rise in the numbers of people needing care, rising expectations for high quality care and likely constraints on the supply of unpaid care and of resources for formal care. Promotion of improved quality, support for carers, a well-trained and motivated workforce, and better integration between health and social care will be essential. International comparisons are valuable in enabling countries to learn from successes and challenges in other similar countries.

Keywords:   long term care, unpaid care, services, demand, supply, quality, workforce, integration, international comparisons

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