Long-Term Care Arrangements in Rural China: Review of Recent Developments

Bei Wu, Zong Fu Mao, Renyao Zhong

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Developing long-term care systems for the elderly has become an increasingly urgent policy issue in China, especially in rural areas. This article provides an overview of the current status of long-term care development in rural China and discussion on the future development of institutional care and its policy implications. Formal long-term care systems are emerging but remain in the preliminary stages of development. Several policy considerations and practical implications deserve further attention: increases in regional and national government funding, integration of long-term care with the acute health care system, and creating more multilevel and multifunctional LTC facilities with a well-trained and skilled workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-477
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Long-term care
  • aging
  • rural China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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