Care funding; much to learn from Japan plan, says charity
National charity Counsel and Care has called for a care debate that recognises the global impact of an ageing population. It says the Government’s forthcoming green paper on the future of care and support in England must look at how care for older people has been successfully reformed in other countries if it is going to have a real impact in the long term.
Counsel and Care cites Japan which has the world’s fastest ageing population, highest life expectancies (79 years for men and 85.8 for women in 2006), and a declining birthrate. The Japanese Government’s implementation of a national long-term care insurance system has ensured all Japanese older people get the care and support they need, despite the demographic timebomb. This experience should inform England’s own long-awaited reform of social care.
‘While in England, services are available only to those with the highest needs and without family support, the Japanese care insurance programme gives everyone over 65 a universal entitlement to service