The French “carte vitale” guarantees citizens and residents access to care, even in case of severe illness.
The French health care system is rated as one of the best in the world, but it’s a shield that’s under increasing stress.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
Changes to the benefits system delve into the pockets of the poor and will lead to more families and disabled people needing to use food banks.
People queue to register for government grants in Cape Town, South Africa.
South Africa's Constitutional Court is in a fix. The only way to deliver social grants that support millions would be through a process that's without validation, would be unlawful and invalid.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
Young carers may be put off seeking welfare assistance if that is the focus of reform.
The focus on reducing welfare dependency among young carers, parents and students may deter them from seeking any help.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
Agriculture remains the major source of employment in Ghana, even though its share in the economy has been in steady decline.
Economic growth is a necessary condition for development. But it can only pass the sufficient condition test if growth translates into high-earning jobs. Ghana's recent history illustrates this.
The world is getting grayer, but getting older doesn’t mean what it used to.
Turning 65 in 2016 doesn't mean the same thing as hitting 65 in 1916. So why are we still using a population aging measure that was developed a century ago?
Most Americans will be pinching pennies after they retire.
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The presidential candidates are largely ignoring one of the biggest economic issues facing Americans: more than half are struggling to save enough for retirement.
Even Congress gets into the Christmas spirit.
Future taxpayers were the big losers of the trillion-dollar budget deal, who will have to shoulder the burden of higher interest payments.
Is this all there is left in the Social Security trust fund?
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Some presidential candidates have compared Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A budget without bite for tackling a shortfall of homes.
The budget contained some major housing reforms, but the chancellor had no answer to the sector's number-one problem.
Budget day: why wait a year for the next one?
David Cameron has tried to claim the clothes of social justice for the Conservatives. It's time he took them off.
Independent medical assessments can exacerbate poor health in those with already complex health conditions.
Tightening of eligibility requirements for the disability support pension started before today's release of the McClure report. And the government is already on the wrong track.
Osborne will have to do more if he wants to reach targets for social security spending.
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Bianca Rodriguez, one of nation’s nearly 600,000 homeless at a Chicago underpass.
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Social security is on a collision course with insolvency. A little bit of math could keep it safe.
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Many carers sacrifice their own careers and wellbeing so would welcome a helping hand back into quality work when the time is right.
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US president Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law in 1965, one of a suite of policies aimed at ending poverty in America.
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