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Long-term care policies in developing countries. Early efforts of home-based care in Chile

Matus-López, Mauricio (2015): Long-term care policies in developing countries. Early efforts of home-based care in Chile.

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Abstract

Background: Over the last twenty years, almost all of the developed countries have implemented or reformed their long-term care policies. Now it is the turn of the developing countries. However, little or nothing is known of these countries. Less than 6% of the research on the subject focuses on them. Latin America is one of the most rapidly ageing regions and, among them, Chile is ageing faster than any. Almost 20% of the population will be over 65 in twenty years. Objectives: This paper presents a description and analysis of a pilot home-based care programme for dependent people in Chile. Method: It is based on a questionnaire consisting of fifteen questions answered by the National Managers of the programme in 2015, and expert’s opinions. Conclusions: The results show that the initiative is in line with the promotion of home-based services for long term care in the world. However, their extrapolation to a national policy must address in greater depth the questions of sufficient funding, means-test access and devolution problems.

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