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We have a short time to fix long-term care

By Next Avenue  
   August 11, 2022

In addition to reminding us of the high cost of long-term care, the COVID pandemic has exposed shortcomings in how we manage the care itself, including the quality of facilities, quantity of beds, scheduling of staff and a lack of commitment to improving the system. Long-term care reform must be at the top of the federal government's policy agenda if we as a society are to allow people to age with dignity and well-being. Reform should emphasize expanding coverage and strengthening connections with the broader health care and public health systems in order to create equity. A 2021 report by four leading researchers details this, and other advocates of long-term care reform agree with it.

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