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Long-Term Care for the Elderly: Challenges and Policy Options


  • Ake Blomqvist

    (Carleton University)

  • Colin Busby

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


As Canada’s society ages, more personal care and health support will be needed for people who, either as a consequence of disability or aging, require assistance to function independently. As this happens, policymakers face the daunting challenge of balancing the fiscal burden on taxpayers with the need to ensure that all individuals with long-term needs receive proper care. But this is a challenge best confronted immediately, before the first wave of babyboomers begins to draw heavily on long-term care programs in about 15 years’ time. Policy reforms in long-term care will require methods to contain costs, to fairly divide these costs between care recipients and taxpayers, and to get more value for money in a sector that will feature prominently in future policy debate.

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  • Ake Blomqvist & Colin Busby, 2012. "Long-Term Care for the Elderly: Challenges and Policy Options," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 367, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:367

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    1. Natasha Fernandes & Byron G. Spencer, 2010. "The Private Cost of Long-Term Care in Canada: Where You Live Matters," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 443, McMaster University.
    2. William B.P. Robson, 2010. "The Glacier Grinds Closer: How Demographics Will Change Canada’s Fiscal Landscape," e-briefs 106, C.D. Howe Institute.
    3. Frank T. Denton & Byron G. Spencer, 2009. "Chronic Health Conditions: Changing Prevalence in an Aging Population and Some Implications for the Delivery of Health Care Services," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 259, McMaster University.
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    Health Policy; Social Policy; Canada; long-term care; financing long-term care;

    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General


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