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China news - World Bank advocates universal public long-term care financing system for China

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Jan 2019

Private long-term care insurance, mostly in the commercial insurance sector, in China as a way to enable people to pay for services, most likely will not work, says the World Bank. 
 
The report, titled Options for Aged Care in China, said, “In no country is private long-term care insurance a major source of long-term care financing, except where it is offered as an alternative to a mandatory public system. Experience in other countries shows that private long-term care insurance is simply too expensive and that insurers cannot price policies accurately.”
 
The World Bank recommends instead that in the medium to long run, China should consider developing a universal public long-term care financing system. This approach recognises that needing long-term care is a normal life risk that the vast majority of people cannot address on their own.
 
The World Bank says that mounting pressures resulting from rapid demographic shifts and socioeconomic developments in China underscore the urgent need to develop an aged care system, and these pressures will only intensify going forward.China needs a coherent policy framework and corresponding institutions to monitor ongoing socioeconomic changes and continue to expand social investments that better match the needs and demands for aged care services and their supply, the report says. A 
 
This news story is taken from Asia Insurance Review’s unique eWeekly China newsletter.
 
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