Financing Dementia: What money is available, what does dementia need and will the required resources be received?
In a later report, Trepel (2012) examines the different ways in which healthcare systems can be financed and resources distributed to those in need of healthcare. He describes the unique public-private mix of financing health care in ROI, the two-tiered system of healthcare that has evolved, and the implications that this has for dementia care in ROI. Trepel (2010) highlights the absence of a clear budget line for dementia care. With increasing age dependency ratios meaning that fewer resources will be available in the future, he argues that the Irish government needs to make a financial commitment to dementia, guided by the principles of social solidarity, social sustainability and interdependency. To meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers and promote their quality of life, he argues that the “social contract” paid for during the productive years needs to be demonstrably upheld and contractual responsibility of private health insurers recognised.
Trepel, D. (2012) Financing Dementia: What money is available, what does dementia need and will the required resources be received? Expert Policy Paper Series 2012, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Dublin.