The Netherlands was the first country to introduce a universal mandatory social health insurance scheme (AWBZ) for covering a broad range of long-term care (LTC) services provided in a variety of care settings. Compared with most other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, coverage of LTC services is relatively comprehensive. This comprehensive coverage might explain why, in comparison with most other OECD countries, both total and public expenditure on LTC in the Netherlands are high, particularly since the percentage of elderly is similar to the OECD average (OECD, 2005). This can at least partly be explained by the relatively generous social health insurance scheme.
|Title of host publication
|Financing Long-Term Care in Europe
|Subtitle of host publication
|Institutions, Markets and Models
|Joan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage
|Number of pages
|Published - 8 Nov 2011
Bibliographical note© 2012 Frederik T. Schut and Bernard van den Berg
previous draft of this chapter was presented at the 7th World Congress of the international Health Economics Association (iHEA) in Beijing and at the International Conference on the Policies and Regulations of Health and Long-term Care Costs of the Elderly in Tokyo.
Part of this research has been supported by a research grant to Hitotsubashi University from the Ministry of Education of Japan (grant number 18002001)
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