The question of institutionalization vs. home care of the aged in need of medical care has been debated extensively. The arguments for deinstitutionalization have stressed the issue of cost. Home care is felt to be more cost efficient than institutional care. In this paper, both sides of the issue are investigated in detail by drawing on published conference proceedings and empirical studies reported in the literature.
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