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2014 Conference Presentation

(Inter)national systems United Kingdom

1 September 2014

Targeting long-term care for older people: a comparative analysis across OECD countries

Cristiano Gori, PSSRU, LSE, United Kingdom


The analysis carried out in this paper deals with changes over time in public resources’ allocation among LTC users in six OECD countries (England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, US). The sample of countries selected represents different LTC models in the OECD context. The paper aims to present and discuss the main choices in resources’ allocation among LTC users adopted by these six countries during the last twenty years or so. By ‘resources’ allocation’ it's meant here how LTC publicly-funded services and benefits are distributed among older people under different circumstances.

It regards, therefore, the underpinning question “who gets what?”. In this sense, resources’ allocation of LTC inputs depends on three main dimensions: the care package, intended as the mix of services and benefits provided to users; the coverage, intended as the percentage of older people receiving public care inputs; and the intensity, intended as the amount of care inputs per users provided.


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