Pcia de Buenos Aires
Institutional Affiliation: Universidad Nacional de La Plata
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2017||Long-Term Care in Latin America and the Caribbean? Theory and Policy Considerations|
with Sebastian Galiani, Pablo Ibarrarán: w23797
This paper discusses theoretical and practical issues related to long-term care (LTC) services in Latin America. Demand for these services will rise as the region undergoes a swift demographic transition from its currently young population to a rapidly aging one, especially since the region’s aging cohorts are more prone to experience a decline in their functional and physical abilities than elderly people elsewhere in the world. We argue that private insurance markets are ill-equipped to provide coverage to meet the need for LTC, while the amount of personal savings required to afford self-insurance would be prohibitively high. In Latin America LTC may not be an immediate priority, but governments are likely to encourage the development of LTC programs as demand for them steadily grows. I...