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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 1999): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

TAKING CARE OF POP: THE NEXT PROBLEM IN HEALTHCARE DEBATE

N. Timmins
Financial Times, March 4th 1999, p. 6.

Research has shown that attempts to build public/private partnerships for long-term care of the elderly in the US have failed. Recent experiments in four states to provide easier access to Medicaid to those who have taken out approved long-term care policies have been unsuccessful because the policies remain unaffordable to most elderly Americans.

RIGHTS AND REALITIES: COMPARING NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN LONG TERM CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

C. Glendinning (editor)
Bristol: Policy Press, 1998.

Study discusses the vicissitudes of long-term care policies in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Australia. It shows how strategies have been driven by altruism, hope and accident. A new trend appears to have begun in the 1990s, perhaps led by financial rather than human or social considerations.

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