"Employee-centric" strategies could lead to fragile households
Employers will face greater pressure to provide more flexibility in benefits packages and work policies; they are likely to respond by disaggregating benefits or flexibility options and letting employees pick and choose. Employees with less bargaining power or in less skilled industries will face fewer choices.
Sources:RAND, Nov 2010, page 7-9: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=7
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Senior Care in need of new solutions
A variety of new resource constraints are putting pressure on the market for senior care services.
Sources:RAND, Nov 2010, page 5-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=5
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Medical Tourism in Southeast Asia
Medical tourism is a quickly growing industry in Southeast Asia. The stigma of traveling for surgery is long gone, and now it can even be combined with a luxurious vacation. But have the potential downfalls of this growing global market been properly considered before nationally supported expansion efforts have been put into place?