Projecting the effects of long-term care policy on the labor market participation of primary informal family caregivers of elderly with disability: insights from a dynamic simulation model.

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BACKGROUND: Using Singapore as a case study, this paper aims to understand the effects of the current long-term care policy and various alternative policy options on the labor market participation of primary informal family caregivers of elderly with disability. METHODS: A model of the long-term care system in Singapore was developed using System Dynamics methodology. RESULTS: Under the current long-term care policy, by 2030, 6.9 percent of primary informal family caregivers (0.34 percent of the domestic labor supply) are expected to withdraw from the labor market. Alternative policy options reduce primary informal family caregiver labor market withdrawal; however, the number of workers required to scale up long-term care services is greater than the number of caregivers who can be expected to return to the labor market. CONCLUSIONS: Policymakers may face a dilemma between admitting more foreign workers to provide long-term care services and depending on primary informal family caregivers.

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Cited Authors

  • Ansah, JP; Matchar, DB; Malhotra, R; Love, SR; Liu, C; Do, Y

Published Date

  • March 23, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 /

Start / End Page

  • 69 -

PubMed ID

  • 27007720

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27007720

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-2318

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/s12877-016-0243-0

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • England