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Consumers of eldercare in Sweden: The semblance of choice


  • Meinow, Bettina
  • Parker, Marti G.
  • Thorslund, Mats


In Sweden and other countries, the benefits of user choice and market forces are often voiced in relation to the provision of medical care and social services. Policy makers increasingly view people as customers and consumers of care services. Among very old people—the most frequent care users—how many have the capacity necessary to find information and make decisions concerning providers of medical and social services?

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  • Meinow, Bettina & Parker, Marti G. & Thorslund, Mats, 2011. "Consumers of eldercare in Sweden: The semblance of choice," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 73(9), pages 1285-1289.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:73:y:2011:i:9:p:1285-1289
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.08.015

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    1. Meagher, Gabrielle & Szebehely, Marta, 2010. "Private financing of elder care in Sweden. Arguments for and against," Arbetsrapport 2010:1, Institute for Futures Studies.
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    1. Paula Cristina Albuquerque, 2017. "Information intermediaries in the social care market for the older population," Working Papers Department of Economics 2017/17, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.
    2. Amadeo Fuenmayor & Rafael Granell & María Angeles Tortosa, 2016. "Quasi-markets Targets and the Evaluation of Nursing-home Funding in the Valencian Region," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 216(1), pages 13-38, March.


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