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Long-term care, organisation and financing

Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 and Somani, Ami (2008) Long-term care, organisation and financing. In: Heggenhougen, Kris and Quah, Stella, (eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Public Health. Elsevier (Firm), New York, USA, pp. 133-141. ISBN 9780122272250

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Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-012373960-5.00168-4


Long-term care is provided for individuals – particularly older people – who have lost self-care capacity because of chronic illness or disability, to improve personal functioning and quality of life. Most long-term care today is provided by unpaid family caregivers, but state-provided and other services are growing in importance. There is increasing emphasis on providing care in community settings in preference to nursing homes or hospital. Financing of long-term care relies heavily on collective prepayment and out-of-pocket arrangements, with funding shifting increasingly onto service users and families. Self-directed support systems are being introduced in some countries. The future affordability of long-term care is a major challenge across the world.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 10:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:12

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