Institutional care for elders in rural China

Bei Wu, Zongfu Mao, Qin Xu

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The long-term care (LTC) literature has been generally associated with industrialized countries. However, LTC needs are increasing in the developing world at a rate that far exceeds than experienced by industrialized countries. Using China as a case study, the purpose of this report is to provide an example of an emerging institutional care system for rural elders in a rapidly developing country. It covers two major domains of the system: service delivery and financing. The report presents several main issues involved in the development of institutional care for elders and discusses relevant policy implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-239
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • China
  • Elders
  • Institutional care
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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