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Financing long-term care for older people in England

Wittenberg, Raphael, Malley, Juliette (2007) Financing long-term care for older people in England. Ageing Horizons, 6 . pp. 28-32. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:2907)

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Abstract

During a decade of debate on how best to fund long-term

care, British analysts have focused more on policy developments

in other countries than ever before. Discussing

criteria for appraising options, the paper argues that the

objectives of the financing system must be considered in

the light of the objectives for the long-term care system

as a whole. The types of funding mechanisms discussed

are private insurance, including private/public partnerships,

tax-funded and social insurance models. The

differences between tax-funded and social insurance models

are discussed. Social insurance with hypothecation of funds

is no longer part of the current debate, which now focuses

on the three types of options whose properties are

described in the paper: free personal care (adopted in

Scotland), the retention of means-tested arrangements in

some form, and a partnership model as recommended in

the Wanless report. The paper agrees with the Wanless

report that all three have strengths and weaknesses.

Decision-makers have a window of opportunity to make

reforms before the baby-boomers reach late old age.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 14:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2907 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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