The United Kingdom, like many other developed countries, is trying to figure out the best way to provide care for the increasing numbers of elderly and how to pay for it.

Today’s New York Times provides an overview of the issues at stake.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has proposed giving free home care to needy elderly; opponents fear a budget buster.    Others propose developing a system similar to the one in the Netherlands where people insure themselves against future costs.   [In the US, a provision of the hotly-debated health care reform act includes the CLASS plan, a type of self insurance]

Finding a fair and equitable funding system will not be easy and given the heated political climate brewing in the UK, this debate is far from over.