Booth, Mark; Mor, Vince
November 2007
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Nov2007, Issue 32, p17
Academic Journal
The USA and New Zealand have different health and social care systems, but both share a desire for high-quality, affordable, long-term care for elders. In the USA moves have been made to integrate long-term care services within single capitated providers to provide clients with a seamless, easy-to-use service. Other initiatives seek to improve consumer direction by giving clients control of funding their own long-term care services. Such initiatives use different incentives to balance the need for high-quality care with affordability at both an individual and societal level. Initial analysis suggests that satisfaction and outcomes improve under these schemes. The integration models provide an interesting comparison for New Zealand as primary health care changes are further developed.


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