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2014 Conference Presentation

Funding/purchasing International

2 September 2014

Funding long-term care in the future: challenges and policy strategies

Heinz Rothgang, University of Bremen, Germany


In spite of its long-standing nature, the debate about how best to fund longterm care services is far from resolved. Compounded by the steady increase in the numbers of people in need of support and pressures on the availability of unpaid care, the international financial crisis is leading many countries to reexamine the way in which the responsibility over the financial cost of longterm care services is shared between individuals and the state, and the mechanisms used for collecting and distributing financial resources in the care system.

In this context, I will discuss some of the recent developments in the funding of long term care services internationally and examine some of the strategies for dealing with future funding challenges.


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