The (Financial) consequences of informal care

On Tuesday April 17, Netspar will host a taskforce regarding the above mentioned subject at the CPB in The Hague. More information on the program and paper can be found after this.

More insight into private elderly care in The Netherlands: what is the roll of topping up and cash benefits?
Arjen Hussem, Pieter Bakx, Marianne Tenand

Persons who are entitled to government funded care can choose: care in kind (in an institution), cash benefits (Persoonsgebonden budget, PGB) with which they can purchase care themselves or a Full Home Package (Volledig Pakket Thuis, VPT): care in kind, but at home. The latter two alternatives offer room for “topping up”: the recipient can pay extra for better care or better access to care. For example, recipients can use public funds through a PGB or VPT to pay for (part of) care in a private residential care center; they themselves pay for the rent of the apartment. In this way, the law offers possibilities to link up with differences in preferences for, for example, the living environment and quality of care. But topping up may also lead to unequal access to necessary care. We map the available information about this development and what the advantages and disadvantages are of topping.

There is no paper available yet. The design and initial results are discussed

Determinants and health-related consequences of providing informal care
Judith Bom, Pieter Bakx, Erik Schut, Eddy van Doorslaer

The decision to provide informal care can be a difficult one. Especially when considering the fact that caregivers often have to deal with their own declining health as well as a delayed retirement age. However, solely relying on formal care might not be the best solution either. In this survey paper we will provide insight into this dilemma using economic theory regarding informal caregiving. We will specifically zoom into one aspect of the puzzle, namely the negative health effects of informal caregiving. These insights from theoretical and empirical research will lead to an enhanced understanding of the trade-off between formal and informal care, both at the individual and the societal level.

Locatie: Tilburg University Seminar Room K834 Warandelan 2 5037 AB Tilburg

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