Ageing, Social Security and Affordability

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One of two volumes presenting the papers from seminars in Sigtuna, Sweden during 1994-96 dealing with old-age pensions and medical care and their place in debates about the desirability and affordability of modern social programs. The 15 papers here cover general welfare state issues, cross-cutting themes, and characterizations of whole systems within such diverse disciplines as social law, sociology, and economics; reform in countries with a range of geographic, cultural, and historical backgrounds; and increasing longevity, the associated disability and frailty, and their impact on the future of modern welfare states. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840148176
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: International Studies on Social Security
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and overview
Pt. 1 General Issues
1.1 Social assistance in the member states of the European Union: Common features and continuing differences 3
1.2 The relation between social and occupational security 28
1.3 Legal indexation of social security benefits: An international comparison of systems and their effects 61
Pt. 2 Pension Reform
2.1 The hidden liabilities of public pension plans in twelve EU-countries: What does it mean? 79
2.2 Pensions in transition in the U.S. and Japan: Parallels and contrasts 99
2.3 Transitional effects of a change in the Spanish pension system 119
2.4 Financing old age in Singapore: Are there lessons for the welfare states? 152
2.5 Pay-as-you-go versus funded system of financing pensions in Central and Eastern Europe 178
2.6 Pension system reforms in Latin America: How much privatization? 203
Pt. 3 Health Care Insurance
3.1 Equity, cost containment and efficiency in health care: Can they be achieved by regulated competition? 225
3.2 Health care reform: What is the problem? 246
3.3 The social and economic consequences of delaying a political decision concerning reform of the health care system in Poland 271
3.4 Provision and financing of long-term care for the elderly: The role of government 287
Pt. 4 Healthy Life Expectancy
4.1 Impact of the evolution of health expectancy on future public health care expenditures 305
4.2 Forecasts of future disabled and institutionalized US populations 1995 to 2040 327
List of contributors 349
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