Despite the potential of private insurance in financing long-term care (LTC), its coverage remains rather limited. This study is built on a comprehensive framework to examine the demand for LTC insurance in Hong Kong, a rapidly aging Asian society. A telephone survey was conducted in 2016 to collect data that formed a sample of 1,474 middle-aged and older adults. Multivariate analysis reveals more nuanced characteristics of Hong Kong middle-aged and older adults who tend to show a demand for LTC insurance, including: (a) being younger, better educated, relatively high status, and financially literate; (b) living with children but reluctant to be a burden on the family; (c) being in a better financial situation and able to afford premiums; and (d) anticipation of LTC needs and dependence, and a preference for formal care. This study offers preliminary evidence to understand the demand structure of the LTC insurance market in an Asian society. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).
CitationHe, A. J., & Chou, K.-L. (2020). What affects the demand for long-term care insurance? A study of middle-aged and older adults in Hong Kong. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 39(4), 413-422. doi: 10.1177/0733464818766598
- Long-term care insurance
- Hong Kong