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Caring for ageing populations

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:a

Those over 80 are the fastest growing age group in Britain, and by 2030 a third of the population will be of pensionable age. Most other countries are experiencing the same, and many will undergo a more dramatic demographic shift (from young to old) than Britain. How to pay for long term care is an urgent issue, and Britain has a royal commission addressing the problem. Tessa Richards reports on an open session of the commission (p 896), and there was agreement that there will have to be radical organisational change and new methods …

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