Seminar Series 2013: Shifting Values: How should we care for older people in society?


Despite persistent economic weakness, 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 a series of questions which we are facing in the social care sector here in the UK: what should the state offer; who should be eligible; and how should it be funded? The speakers will 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. This event will explore how Japan was able to gain public support for funding reform and incorporate small single-service organisations into large ‘integrated delivery systems’ which provide a comprehensive range of health and long-term care insurance services. While England tries to develop a balance of service integration with provider competition, we will explore how Japan created a vibrant provider market for community-based care.

Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP, Dr Masahiko Hayashi, Dr Mayumi Hayashi, Holly Holder (Chair)

Date: 6 November 2013, 6.00pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13 – 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP
Tel: 020 7486 4348
Organiser: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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