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The Private Cost of Long-Term Care in Canada: Where You Live Matters

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  • Natasha Fernandes
  • Byron G. Spencer

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Canadians expect the same access to health care whether they are rich or poor, and wherever they live, often without direct charge at the point of service. However, we find that the private cost of long-term care differs greatly across the country, and within provinces, we find substantial variation, depending on income level, marital status, and, in Quebec alone, on assets owned. A non-married person with average income would pay more than twice as much in the Atlantic provinces as in Quebec, while a couple with one in care would pay almost four times as much in Newfoundland as in Alberta.

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  • Natasha Fernandes & Byron G. Spencer, 2010. "The Private Cost of Long-Term Care in Canada: Where You Live Matters," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 277, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:277
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    1. 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.

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    long-term care; private cost;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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