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Aspects of Healthcare and Long-Term Care

Impact of the Crisis on Access to Healthcare
How did the economic crisis impact access to healthcare in Europe? Which countries and groups were affected the most? In a Research Note for the Social Situation Monitor of the EU, Ricardo Rodrigues and Eszter Zólyomi (together with colleagues Niki Kalavrezou and Manos Matsaganis of Athens University) discuss cost-containing measures implemented in healthcare and empirically assess their impact on access to healthcare. Using EU-SILC and SHARE data we analyse unmet needs for healthcare and out-of-pocket payments for medicines in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal and Slovenia. Download the report here and see how each country and group fares.
The Indirect Costs of Long-term Care
Informal care, but at what cost? Most informal carers are either of working age or older people themselves providing care to their dependent spouses. From the public budget perspective, informal care is often seen as a cost-effective way of providing care. This vision, however, fails to acknowledge the indirect costs of informal care, namely forgone employment or health for informal carers. Using data from EQLS and SHARE, Ricardo Rodrigues, Katharine Schulmann and Andrea Schmidt (together with colleagues Niki Kalavrezou and Manos Matsaganis of Athens University) discuss the effects of providing informal care on employment and health of carers, as well as the benefits already available to carers in Europe. Read Report
Home is where you’re cared for? – Drivers for using different long-term care services
The question of what determines older people’s use of different care services is crucial for public policy-makers to be able to respond to longevity appropriately. In a study for the City of Vienna (MA 24), Andrea Schmidt, Michael Fuchs, Kai Leichsenring, and Maria Hofmarcher-Holzhacker show that reliance on informal carers, in particular on female carers, is still of utmost importance to remain in one’s own home even in old-age. A potential alternative to residential and informal care, 24-hour live in care, is mainly used by higher income groups and in case of larger housing space. A full report will be published in autumn 2014.

New Book Chapter

Non-Take-Up of Social Assistance Benefits (in German)
Dimmel, N. / Fuchs, M. (2014) ‘Im toten Winkel des Wohlfahrtsstaates. Am Beispiel der Nichtinanspruchnahme von Sozialhilfeleistungen’, pp. 406-424 in: Dimmel, N. / Schenk, M. / Stelzer-Orthofer, Ch. (Hrsg.), Handbuch Armut in Österreich. Zweite, vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage.Innsbruck: Studienverlag.

The book chapter comprises both a theoretical and empirical analysis of the determinants and patterns of non-take-up of social assistance benefits. Economic and sociological models of non-take-up as well as the consequences of non-take-up are discussed. Empirical figures for several EU-countries throw light on the rate, the size and the distribution of non-take-up. For more information click here.

Past Events

International Seminar: Cleavages and conflicts in aging societies: generation, class, or age?
Professor Martin Kohli (EUI Florence em.) argued that it is important to assess whether generational cleavages today mask the continued existence of class cleavages between wealthy and poor, and stressed the importance of differentiatiating between generations and age groups. He highlighted other cleavages that are usually categorized as “new” dimensions of inequality, such as those of gender and ethnicity (or “race”). Emphasizing the age or generational conflict as the new basic cleavage in society tends to downplay other inequalities. For more info click here.
Invited plenary address, new Slovak Governmental Council for Seniors' Rights
At the invitation of Kvetoslava Repkova, the Centre's NLO for Slovakia, Pieter Vanhuysse gave a keynote address on 'Intergenerational Justice in Central Europe' at the plenary session of the thematic meeting of the newly established Slovak Governmental Council for Seniors' Rights and the Reconciliation of Public Policies with Population Aging. The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Jan Richter and Mr Jozef Burian, Minister resp. State Secretary of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic. After the plenary Pieter also held closed session discussions with invited experts and seniors` rights stakeholders from Slovak universities, pressure groups and think-tanks on designing Slovak strategies for intergenerational equity. For a short paper see here.
My religion – your happiness?
How do individuals’ attitudes and feelings affect others? Using the example of religion, Orsolya Lelkes spoke about the positive spillover effect of individual religiosity on a regional level at the conference of the International Sociological Association RC28, held in Budapest 8- 10 May 2014. She was also member of the Programme Committee of the conference.
Presentation at the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute
How to bring more closely together research in public policy and in demography? Is intergenerational justice in public policy a topic relevant also for demographers? In the building of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Pieter Vanhuysse gave a presentation to researchers from the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, hosts of the two-yearly European Population Conference.