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Aged-Care Support in Japan: Perspectives and Challenges

Olivia S. Mitchell, John Piggott, Satoshi Shimizutani

NBER Working Paper No. 10882
Issued in November 2004
NBER Program(s):   AG   LS

This study explores economic aspects of the market for long term care (LTC) with a special focus on Japan. First, we describe the LTC system in Japan as presently implemented, and we highlight some aspects of the program that are novel and potentially of interest to other countries seeking models for long-term care provision. Next, we discuss alternative projections of Japanese LTC utilization and costs. Finally, since Japan appears likely to experience important shortfalls in LTC in the future, we discuss whether such services might be more efficiently organized and financed under alternate forms of provision.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10882

Published: Mitchell, Olivia S., John Piggott & Satoshi Shimizutani. “Aged-Care Support in Japan: Perspectives and Challenges.” Benefits Quarterly. 1st Quarter 2006 22(1):7-18.

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