Populations of the major industrialized countries are growing older and grayer by the decade, raising the specter of big public sector budget deficits.
Now, in the U.S., the debate centers on how to keep Social Security solvent. In Europe and Japan, the projected costs of public pension plans also point to severe financing problems within the next few decades.
How serious and imminent are these problems? Which countries will be hardest hit? Can Social Security be saved or should it be privatized?
Brookings convenes a panel of leading experts to explore the domestic and international policy implications.
A Brookings report using NSSO data has shown that 15 per cent of Indians now have some form of health insurance compared to 1 per cent in 2004. Also, while nearly 62 per cent in Andhra Pradesh are covered, less than 5 per cent of people in UP have health insurance.