Long-term care insurance comes to Japan

TitleLong-term care insurance comes to Japan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsCampbell J.C, Ikegami N.
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Date PublishedMay-Jun
Accession Number10812779
Keywords*Insurance, Long-Term Care/economics, Adult, Aged, Eligibility Determination, Financing, Government, Frail Elderly, Human, Japan, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Japan has moved decisively toward "socialization of care" for the frail elderly by initiating public, mandatory long-term care insurance (LTCI) on 1 April 2000. The LTCI program covers both institutional and community-based caregiving. Everyone age forty and older pays premiums. Everyone age sixty-five and older is eligible for benefits based strictly on physical and mental disability, in six categories of need. Benefits are all services, with no cash allowance for family care, and are generous, covering 90 percent of need. Long-term costs seemed not to be a major consideration in program design. Consumers can choose the services and providers they want, including use of for-profit companies.