The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report highlighted many concerns about aged care in Australia.1 These include that “the system designed to care for older Australians is woefully inadequate”, and that “aged care services … have simply not been seen as a priority by successive Australian Governments”. To inform the Royal Commission, we undertook a review of international approaches to the provision of aged care.2 As a component of our review, we examined data reported to the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development from 13 countries.3 The list of countries included in the review was developed in consultation with experts and with input from representatives from the Royal Commission. Countries were selected based on the availability of information, applicability to the Australian aged care system, and to ensure a diverse range of countries were represented.
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- Health services for the aged
- Population policy
- Public policy
- Resource allocation