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The increase in long-term care public expenditure following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster
  1. Tomohiro Morita1,
  2. Claire Leppold2,
  3. Masaharu Tsubokura3,
  4. Tsuyoshi Nemoto3,
  5. Yukio Kanazawa3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Soma Central Hospital, Soma City, Fukushima, Japan
  2. 2Department of Research, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, Minamisoma City, Fukushima, Japan
  3. 3Department of Internal Medicine, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, Minamisoma City, Fukushima, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tomohiro Morita, Department of Internal Medicine, Soma Central Hospital, Okinouchi, Soma City, Fukushima 976-0016, Japan; t.morita526{at}gmail.com

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The increasing proportions of older people in populations are a reflection of global trends of increased longevity and decreased fertility rates. In the multifaceted consequences of this population change, the burden of increasing public expenditure on long-term care (LTC) may be one of the biggest problems for developed countries.1

Public expenditure on LTC is calculated by multiplying the number of adults aged 65 years and older by the average amount of public expenditure per individual in this age group. While it is estimated that the number of older adults will continue to increase in many countries, the corresponding increases in public expenditure per …

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