Financing Health Care of the Elderly in Small Societies: The Case of the Caribbean
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This paper focuses on the financing of health care for the elderly in small countries. Apart from the usual vulnerability characteristics of these small countries, fiscal difficulties have made it more important for appropriate measures to be taken to protect the quality of life of the elderly population. The paper examines the demographics of ageing in these countries and after recognizing that the elderly is not a homogenous group with homogeneous health needs and capabilities, the paper makes specific recommendations for putting the financing of the health needs of the elderly on a robust track. A case is made for a greater emphasis on the efficiency with which public resources are used, consideration of a mixed model of financing health care services for elderly persons, as well as, a greater contribution by non-governmental agencies toward caring for elderly persons.
KeywordsElderly Health care financing Health needs Small societies
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Authors, Professor Karl Theodore, Dr. Stanley Lalta, Dr. Althea Dianne La Foucade, Dr. Ewan Scott, Dr. Anton Cumberbatch, Dr. Christine Laptiste, and Ms. Charmaine Metivier, declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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