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Adapting overseas models of health and social care to the UK: what could work?

Providing help funded through long-term care insurance may be part of the answer
Social healthcare

Providing help funded through long-term care insurance may be part of the answer

The much-needed reform of social care funding, planning and delivery is proving elusive, despite numerous expert reports, royal commissions and cross-party initiatives.

How to maintain a fairly funded social care service is of course a major priority not just in the UK, but in most high-income countries with ageing populations.

The Nuffield Trust (Curry et al 2018) has been looking recently to learn lessons from Japan, which, along with Germany, has a long-term care insurance system. The Japanese system requires everyone to pay contributions from the age of 40, but has also tried to shift to a more positive view about ageing, with a strong focus on prevention

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