Shifting values: how should we care for older people in society?

This event provided an opportunity for delegates to hear about the Japanese experiences of health care reforms


Start date: 06/11/2013 | 18:00

End date: 06/11/2013 | 19:30

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Despite a persistent economic downturn, Japan, as the country with the world’s oldest population, set out in 2000 to establish an entirely new approach to social care.

Part-social insurance model, part-general taxation model, the Japanese system has grappled with the series of questions facing the social care sector here: what should the state offer; who should be eligible; and how should it be funded?

Our event shared learning on:

  • How Japan was able to gain public support for funding reform;
  • While England tries to develop a balance of service integration with provider competition, we asked how Japan created a vibrant provider market for community-based care;
  • How has Japan been able to incorporate small single-service organisations to large 'integrated delivery systems' which provide a comprehensive range of health and long term care insurance services?

Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the Japanese experience of health care reform, care for frail and/or vulnerable older people, and the latest thinking on the progress towards funding reform and integration in England.