Table 1

Short definition and source of the variables

Variable

Definition

Source


LTC BEDS IN INSTITUTIONS

Beds in all types of nursing and residential care facilities dedicated to long-term nursing care and beds for palliative care in all types of nursing and residential care facilities

OECD Health Data 2009

LTC RECIPIENTS IN INSTITUTIONS

People receiving formal (paid) LTC in institutions (other than hospitals). The services received can be publicly or privately financed

OECD Health Data 2009

LTC RECIPIENTS AT HOME

People receiving formal (paid) LTC at home. The services can be publicly or privately financed

OECD Health Data 2009

SELF-PERCEIVED HEALTH AS BAD OR VERY BAD, PEOPLE AGED 65

Auto-evaluation of the general health state (i.e. any temporary health problem is not considered) by respondents

Eurostat Statistics

SELF- PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS IN DAILY ACTIVITIES, PEOPLE AGED 65+

Auto-evaluation by the respondents of the extent of which they are limited in activities people usually do because of health problems for at least the last six months

Eurostat Statistics

TOTAL LTC EXPENDITURE(HC.3+HC.R.6)

It includes "health" (HC.3) and "social" (HC.R.6) components of LTC. HC.3 refers to "Services of long term nursing care": it is the medical component of LTC.

HC.R.6 refers to " Administration and provision of social services in kind to assist living with diseases and impairment"

Eurostat Statistics

SOCIAL PROTECTION BENEFITS OLD AGE

Benefits for the old age function include (1) cash benefits, such as old age pensions, anticipated old age pensions, partial retirement pension, care allowance and other cash benefits, and (2) benefits in kind, such as accommodation, assistance in carrying out daily tasks, other benefits in kind

Eurostat Statistics

POPULATION OVER 80

Population aged over 80 years

Eurostat Statistics


Damiani et al. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:316   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-316

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