Aged-Care Support in Japan: Perspectives and Challenges

47 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2004 Last revised: 27 Sep 2010

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Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Pension Research Council; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John Piggott

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Australian School of Business, School of Economics

Satoshi Shimizutani

Hitotsubashi University - Institute of Economic Research

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Mitchell, Olivia S. and Piggott, John and Shimizutani, Satoshi, Aged-Care Support in Japan: Perspectives and Challenges (November 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10882. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=618565

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Satoshi Shimizutani

Hitotsubashi University - Institute of Economic Research ( email )

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