Meeting the costs of continuing care

Rebecca Diba

A qualitative study among people of all ages, undertaken for the Inquiry by Rebecca Diba of Social and Community Planning Research, reveals how the public view the key issues involved.

As the number of people needing long-term care rises and the costs of providing care increase, the question of how the costs of continuing care will be met in the future becomes ever more pressing. In 1995 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation set up an Inquiry to investigate this issue. As part of their review, the Inquiry group required some understanding of the general public's attitudes towards the funding of long-term care of older people. The aim of this study was to explore public views about the current state funding system and to examine where responsibility for funding long-term care is felt to lie and how it should be paid for in the future.

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