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Long-term care insurance and market for aged care in Japan: focusing on the status of care service providers by locality and organisational nature based on survey results



Long-term care insurance and market for aged care in Japan: focusing on the status of care service providers by locality and organisational nature based on survey results



Australasian Journal on Ageing 33(3): 153-157



The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of care service providers by locality and organisational nature. Questionnaires were sent to 9505 home-based care service providers registered in the databases of 17 prefectures. The prefectures were selected according to population size. Numerous for-profit providers have newly entered the aged care service market and are operating selectively in Tokyo, a typical example of a metropolitan area. Furthermore, both for-profit and non-profit providers have suffered from a shortage of care workers and difficult management conditions, which tend to be more pronounced in Tokyo. The market under long-term care insurance was successful in terms of the volume of services, but most providers were sceptical as to whether competition in the market could facilitate quality care services.

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DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12038


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