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Flexible insurance for informal long-term care: A study of stated preferences

Shang Wu, Hazel Bateman, Ralph Stevens and Susan Thorp

Abstract: We collect and analyze stated preferences for long-term care insurance that pays income in poor health states instead of reimbursing formal care costs. Around 75% of the sample of 1008 pre-retirees chose to purchase at least some long-term care income insurance from a menu that also included liquid wealth and a life annuity. Our results show that long term care income insurance is complementary to informal care and is attractive to seniors who plan to rely on family members for extensive care. Those who have access to extensive informal care demand 25-37% more health- contingent income per year than those who do not. Females who expect to rely exclusively on extensive care from family members are willing to buy more cover than males. We also find that if long-term care income insurance were available, many healthier seniors would release funds set aside to self-insure long-term care risk and purchase additional longevity insurance.

Keywords: Long-term care insurance; longevity insurance; aged care; informal care; retirement incomes; social care.

Online Appendixonline-appendices-flexible-insurance-for-informal-long-term-care-2021.pdf (cepar.edu.au)


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