This article was written while the author held the position of first EPF Chair in Old Age Financial Security, Faculty of Business, University of Malaya. The author would like to acknowledge the contribution of Kenneth Howse and George Leeson in developing the ideas behind this article.
The capacity of social security and health care institutions to adapt to an ageing world
Article first published online: 27 SEP 2010
© 2010 The author(s). International Social Security Review © 2010 International Social Security Association
International Social Security Review
Special Issue: Social security and the challenge of demographic change
Volume 63, Issue 3-4, pages 177–196, July 2010
How to Cite
Harper, S. (2010), The capacity of social security and health care institutions to adapt to an ageing world. International Social Security Review, 63: 177–196. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-246X.2010.01374.x
- Issue published online: 27 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 27 SEP 2010
- demographic aspect;
- life expectancy;
- social security scheme;
- medical care;
Population ageing has been occurring in many countries within Europe, North America and elsewhere for a number of decades. However, recently the pace, size and global reach of such ageing has begun to be recognised, and the wider implications assessed. Population ageing poses a key policy challenge for social security and health care systems across the globe. Different governments will come to these considerations carrying with them contrasting demographic profiles, welfare regimes and institutional structures, and cultural systems. The future success of societies in their efforts to accommodate such demographic change will, to a large extent, rest with the capacity of social security and health care institutions to adapt to an ageing world.