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HealthcarePapers 11(1) April 2011 : 69-75.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2011.22256

Public Long-Term Care Insurance: A Way to Ensure Sustainable Continuity of Care for Frail Older People

Réjean Hébert

Abstract

A necessary component of the prescribed continuing care act should be the creation of a long-term care insurance program in Canada. This social innovation has been implemented in many countries in recent decades to address the aging of the population and associated pandemic of chronic diseases. A specific autonomy insurance fund would have to be created and funded through transfers of current funding for long-term care, tax credits for disabled individuals and substantial new investment to make the shift from institutional to home care. Following a standardized assessment by case managers, an autonomy support benefit would be determined to fund "in kind" public or private services or a "cash-for-care" allowance for older people to purchase services. Case managers would be responsible for coordinating the care, controlling the quality of services and reassessing needs according to changes in individuals' conditions. Funding reform of long-term care would prioritize home care and optimize the functioning of integrated care to improve support for frail older people.

 

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