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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2000): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

HELPING YOU HELP YOURSELF

K. Jespersen

Health review, Autumn 1999, p. 32

Explains how the Danish system of long term care encourages the elderly to make best use of their own resources.

EXTENDING THE PILLARS OFF SOCIAL POLICY FINANCING TO AGED CARE

A. L. Howe

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 33, 1999, p. 534-551

Long term care of the elderly in Australia is financed mainly out of general taxation with a small element of user contributions. Paper suggests that there is limited scope for extending private insurance and user contributions in funding long term care, but that there are good grounds for introducing compulsory social insurance. However, while discussion of social insurance options is growing in several quarters, the current political climate offers little prospect for the adoption of such a scheme.

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