The Effect of Long-Term Care Insurance on Home Care Use Among the Disabled Elders
Using the 1998–2004 Health and Retirement Study, this study uses Cox’s model to explore the effects of private long-term care insurance ownership on first home care use among the disabled elderly. Results show that long-term care insurance ownership and Medicaid eligibility did not significantly increase the likelihood of using home care services, while income and homeownership lowered this likelihood. Functional limitation was the key determinant of home care use and those who lived with children were less likely to use home care services. Based on the findings, this study provides foundations for long-term care policies and long-term care planning programs. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
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