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Title: Long-Term Care Insurance Reform in Singapore
Authors: Joelle H. Fong 
Allan Borowski
Keywords: long-term care
Population aging
social insurance
Social Policy
welfare state
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Joelle H. Fong, Allan Borowski (2021-06-16). Long-Term Care Insurance Reform in Singapore. Journal of Aging & Social Policy 34 (1) : 73-90. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In recent years, governments in rapidly aging countries have looked toward the implementation of public insurance schemes to help cover the costs of care for their aging citizenry. This article presents a comprehensive overview of long-term care insurance policy in Singapore. We discuss the successes and challenges of nearly two decades (2002–2019) of policy experimentation with a voluntary long-term care insurance scheme, which was replaced by mandatory social insurance in the 2019 reform. Various aspects of the new scheme, including mode of financing, eligibility criteria, benefit design, and potential impacts are assessed. The article concludes that, in the inherent tension between the breadth and depth of public long-term care social insurance coverage, Singapore has opted for breadth at the expense of depth.
Source Title: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
ISSN: 0895-9420
DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2021.1926867
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