Quotation Trukeschitz, Birgit, Österle, August, Schneider, Ulrike. 2022. Austria’s Long-Term Care System: Challenges and Policy Responses. Journal of Long-Term Care. 88-101.




Approaches to design comprehensive support systems for people in need of long-term care (LTC) have appeared on the policy agenda of European countries from the 1990ies. Austria was one of the first to implement such a system separate from health care. In this last significant expansion of its social protection system, the country established a universal and tax-funded LTC system, departing from Austria’s Bismarckian tradition while carrying along the familialist logic and federalist structure in this policy field. Thirty years later, Austria now joins other countries in creating solutions to important contemporary challenges by discussing another major revamp of its LTC system. This paper renders a country case study to explain the development of Austrian LTC policies in greater depth and from a dynamic perspective. The two-step approach, starts with presenting the logics and major building blocks of Austria’s LTC system, and provides an update on its benefits and services. The second part identifies and discusses a raft of current and planned measures for three areas that appear critical in terms of future proofing LTC: (i) responses to staffing challenges, (ii) policy pilots to support informal carers, and finally, (iii) the role of digital transformation for LTC in Austria. This showcase exercise fosters policy learning and thus supports innovation and refinement of LTC systems. It could also serve as a futile starting point for comparative LTC policy research that moves beyond the outer hull of care-regime typologies to explore more specific system features and policy interventions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Long-Term Care
Language English
Title Austria’s Long-Term Care System: Challenges and Policy Responses
Year 2022
Page from 88
Page to 101
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.31389/ jltc.112
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.31389/ jltc.112


Trukeschitz, Birgit (Details)
Österle, August (Details)
Schneider, Ulrike (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5933 Aging research (Details)
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