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Informal care in England and Spain: How do England and Spain care for older people?

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  • Aïda Solé-Auró


    (RFA-IREA, Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy)

  • Sandy Tubeuf

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds)

  • Claire Hulme

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds)

Within Europe, and similarly the rest of the developed world, the increase in life expectancy over the last few decades and associated incremental health problems is raising the importance of informal care. A decrease in births, greater geographical distances between family members and the involvement of women in the labour force imply that, even if informal carers are needed, they are less available. If we add shortages in both financial and human resources for attending to the older population, it is evident that the lack of informal carers linked to high demand poses a wide challenge for social systems and policies responsible for the older population. Recent legislation in England and Spain has been put in place to support informal carers and provide formal care for older people, yet take up of services differs markedly between countries. In this commentary we focus on comparison of informal care in England and Spain. To illustrate our discussion we use figures from the recent publication on long-term care in Europe

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Paper provided by Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds in its series Working Papers with number 1003.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Handle: RePEc:lee:wpaper:1003
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