Economics of informal care: do we know enough to advocate for policy change?

presenter(s) Courtney Van Houtven | Duke University Medical Centre

COURTNEY VAN HOUTVEN is Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Centre and a Research Scientist in Health Services Research and Development in Primary Care at the Durham Veteran’s Administration. Dr Van Houtven’s research interests include aging and economics with a particular focus on how family caregiving affects health care utilization, expenditures, health and work outcomes of care recipients and caregivers. Dr Van Houtven is also interested in understanding how best to support family caregivers to optimize caregiver and care recipient outcomes and she examines the relationship between family structure, informal caregiving, and long-term care insurance and long-term care use.


In this plenary, in addition to reviewing empirical findings about economic impacts of informal care and non-US policies to support family caregivers, I will discuss existing direct and indirect policies in the US that affect caregivers, like the Affordable Care Act, and whether we have enough economic impact evidence to recommend additional changes to such policies.

date 2 September 2015

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