Towards a Long-Term Care System in Chile
Villalobos Dintrans, Pablo Andrés
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AbstractChile is experiencing an unprecedented demographic change, which is reshaping the country and imposing tremendous challenges to its social security system. One of these challenges is related to the increase in long-term care (LTC) needs in the country, i.e. the rise in demand for services for people that require care and help to carry out every day activities, for an extended period of time. Considering this context, this DELTA project was developed in order to answer the question: how to implement a LTC system in the country?
The DELTA project was developed during July 2017 and February 2018 jointly with the Chilean Ministry of Health, and was focused on presenting the state of the art regarding LTC in the country and its future impact, discuss alternatives for designing LTC system in Chile, and advocating for a public policy response to the several challenges faced today and in the coming years. The activities included meetings and interviews with key stakeholders, literature review and analysis of international experiences on long-term care systems, and analysis of several data sources. The project involved professionals and authorities at the Chilean Ministry of Health and other public institutions, experts from international organizations, and politicians.
The study showed the existence of an increasing interest in the topic, but a poor level of information and consensus to push for bigger changes. Even though people acknowledge the importance of LTC and the increase in dependency prevalence in the country, initiatives remain small and isolated. The project contributed to starting the design of a LTC system in the country by creating consensus within the Ministry of Health, as a required first step into planning a coordinated effort to deal with the issue. It also generated awareness of the importance of LTC and the need of a LTC system in the future, by synthesizing information on the topic and advocating among current and future government authorities.
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