Can China afford rapid aging? Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2016

volume

  • 5

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 2193-1801

abstract

  • China's rapid aging has caused widespread concern, but it seems that the situations and consequences of rapid aging are not adequately acknowledged. This study analyzed the problem of ageing in China from the aspects of elderly people's health status, income source, daily care, suicide, the weak social security system in terms of pension, health expenses, and long-term care costs as well as incoming accelerating ageing process in China. All these factors indicate that it is difficult for China to afford the issue of a rapidly aging population.

keywords

  • Aging; Health status; Social security system; Pension; Long-term care; China; Health-insurance; Suicide; Child