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Health Care Financ Rev. 1987 Summer;8(4):87-100.

Community care demonstrations: what have we learned?


Based on a review of community care demonstrations, we conclude that expanding public financing of community services beyond what already exists is likely to increase costs. Small nursing home cost reductions are more than offset by the increased costs of providing services to those who would remain at home even without the expanded services. However, expanded community services appear to make people better off and not to cause substantial reductions in family caregiving. Policymakers should move beyond asking whether expanding community care will reduce costs to addressing how much community care society is willing to pay for, who should receive it, and how it can be delivered efficiently.

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