Trends and Factors in Japan's Long-Term Care Insurance by Pedro Olivares-Tirado

By Pedro Olivares-Tirado

Ageing inhabitants poses a suite of complicated coverage and dilemmas for social safety structures, intensifying the troubles approximately emerging expenses in health and wellbeing care and long term take care of aged. during this context, getting old societies has many necessary classes to profit by means of learning Japan's event facing its hyper-aged society and especially from its options to make sure the monetary sustainability of the long term Care assurance (LTCI) system.

Based on an exhaustive literature evaluate, and the implications from six unique researches on long term care expenses in Japan (LTCE) performed in the course of a doctoral software, the ebook presents a entire view in examining tendencies and components linked to expanding costs within the long term Care assurance approach in Japan.

The e-book deal with correct themes corresponding to; the most socio-demographic adjustments skilled through the japanese society over the last 3 a long time, predictors of the LTCE, measuring potency in nursing houses, the influence of the LTCI 2005-reform to comprise costs, cost-effectiveness of the in-home and group dependent providers and institutional LTCE within the final 12 months of lifestyles. The e-book finish with a dialogue on futures demanding situations and methods orientated to give a contribution with the sustainability of LTCI approach in Japan.

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E. the assistance/care need level and the monthly limit of benefits, is then communicated to the applicant within 30 days of applying (Tsutsui and Muramatsu 2007). Approval for LTC benefits is effective for 6 months. If it is desired to continue to receive LTC services thereafter or a change in eligibility status is required, application is made to the municipality within 60 days before the expiration date. Approval for both renewals and/or change in status are subject to the same procedure as the initial needs assessment (Tatara and Okamoto 2009; Health Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance and Health Insurance Societies in Japan 2008).

These services vary from assisting people with activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating and using the bathroom, provided by care workers, etc. in people’s homes; nursing care services provided by nurses in people’s homes; functional training provided at day-care service centres; intensive care homes for the elderly; short-term admission facilities for the elderly; and other facilities to which the users commute; rehabilitation services, such as physical 34 2 Development of the Long-Term Care Insurance System in Japan therapy and occupational therapy at institutional centres to which the users commute; nursing, medically managed long-term care, functional training, medical treatment, and assistance in activities of daily living provided in LTC facilities for the elderly, or other facilities to which the users are admitted for a short period of time.

At the same time, the system needed to be cope with new challenges such as the effect of babyboomer waves, the increasing number of elderly living alone or with dementia, and the rapid population aging in large cities (Murakawa and Yasumura 2011). The system was reviewed and revised in 2005 to cope with these problems according to the regulation enacted in the 2000 LTCI Act. The Law to Partial Amendment to the Long-term Care Insurance Law, etc. (Law No. 77, 2005) incorporating the means for solving these problems, was approved in June 2005.

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