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UK is urged to rethink funding of long term care of elderly people

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1052-c (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1052
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The United Kingdom needs to overhaul its funding arrangements for the long term care of elderly people, says a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. If it doesn't it will face a large shortfall in care as the population ages in the decades ahead, the report by the UK think tank on social policy says.

    The report argues that the UK has not yet found a clear, fair, and adequate system for financing the growing demand for long term care, having “shied away from major reform” in the 1990s while other countries such as Germany and Japan were restructuring their systems.

    “If we continue with this already overstretched, inequitable, and incomprehensible system of funding while demand continues to rise, there will be serious costs for the dignity and wellbeing of older …

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