Organization and Supply of Long-term Care Services for the Elderly: A Bird’s-eye View of Old and New EU Member States

Riedel, Monika; Kraus, MarkusORCID: and Mayer, Susanne (2016) Organization and Supply of Long-term Care Services for the Elderly: A Bird’s-eye View of Old and New EU Member States. Social Policy and Administration, 50 (7), pp. 824-845. DOI: 10.1111/spol.12170

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This article provides an overview of the organization of formal long-term care (LTC) systems for the elderly in ten old and 11 new EU member states (MS). Generally, we find that the main responsibility for regulating LTC services is centralized in half of these countries, whereas in the remaining countries, this responsibility is typically shared between authorities at the central level and those at the regional or local levels in both institutional and home-based care. Responsibilities for planning LTC capacities are jointly met by central and non-central authorities in most countries. Access to publicly financed services is rarely means tested, and most countries have implemented legal entitlements conditional on needs. In virtually all countries, access to institutional care is subject to cost sharing, which also applies to home-based care in most countries. The relative importance of institutional LTC relative to home-based LTC services differs significantly across Europe. Although old MS appear to be experiencing some degree of convergence, institutional capacity levels still span a wide range. Considerable diversity may also be observed in the national public–privatemix in the provision of LTC services. Lastly, free choice between public and private providers exists in the vast majority of these countries. This overview provides vital insights into the differences and similarities in the organization of LTC systems across Europe, especially between old and newMS, while also contributing valuable insight into previously neglected topics, thus broadening the knowledge base of international experience for mutual learning. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Formal long-term care; Governance; Organization; Supply; Old EU member states; New EU member states
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Health Economics and Health Policy
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Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 12:02
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 12:08
DOI: 10.1111/spol.12170
ISSN: 0144-5596

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