This report is the outcome of a collective effort with contributions from a team of policy analysts from the OECD Social Policy Division and the Jobs and Income Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS). Hervé Boulhol led the team and co-ordinated the project and the publication. The overview Chapter 1 was written by Hervé Boulhol and Wouter De Tavernier drawing on the analyses carried out in other chapters. Principal authors of the chapters were Maciej Lis: Chapters 2 and 5; Wouter De Tavernier and Andrea Garnero: Chapter 3; Wouter De Tavernier and Andrew Reilly: Chapter 4. Other contributors to the report include Sandrine Cazes, Yuta Fujiki and Sebastien Martin. The authors are very grateful to Monika Queisser, Head of the Social Policy Division, for supervising the preparation of this report and providing in-depth comments on all chapters.

We would also like to thank the country delegates and experts who provided responses to the questionnaire at the early stage of the project as well as useful comments during the different meetings where the project was discussed. The report also benefited from the very helpful comments on drafts of the chapters by delegates from the OECD Health Committee, the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committes and the OECD Working Party of Social Policy. Given their expertise in the field of long-term care, the report greatly benefited from useful guidance and comments by Francesca Colombo, Ana Llena-Nozal and Eileen Rocard. We are grateful for comments received on initial drafts by a number of OECD colleagues including Satoshi Araki, Andrea Bassanini, Jonathan Chaloff, Jean-Christophe Dumont, Valerie Frey, Gaetan Lafortune, Luca Lorenzoni, David Morgan and Glenda Quintini. Thanks also go to Lucy Hulett, Max Ladaique, Jayne Maddock, Eva Rauser, Hanna Varkki and Alastair Wood for their administrative support and help in preparing the manuscript for publication. We also thank Stefano Scarpetta and Mark Pearson, Director and Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD for their key comments at various stages of the project.

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