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Document Typology: Legislative document
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Social Policy of Long Term Care: Evaluation of German model
Name of author(s): Heinz Rothang
Name of publisher: In: Social Policy and Administration ISSN 0144-5596, dátum vydania August 2010, zv. 44 č. 4, s. 436-460
Language of the publication: Slovak
Language of the review: English
After fifteen years of its existence, shows the German long-term care insurance, their successes and weaknesses. Last metioned lead to the reform of 2008, which concentrated on improving the quality of care and careful management and adjustment of benefits. While attempts to improve the quality of care and management contain promising elements, new rules for setting are a disappointment. The same applies to the issue of future funding, as the most modest increase in the rate contributions, which forms part of the reform is only buying a time. So, another round of reforms currently under development creates and indicates the system scheme. Since Germany is one of the clearest examples of social insurance, valuation of the scheme and its recent reform also allows to draw general lessons for the design of social insurance schemes for long-term care.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
In terms of the project it is one of the key publications on setting up and evaluation of the social system of long-term care, which is an inspiration to other OECD countries. In the future, will have changes in the socio-economic context and understanding of individual, family and public responsibilities serious impact on traditional measures of care, while care policy itself will act to reverse this perception. Because of demographic trends also increase the need for long-term care. Relevance of the DS will grow because of a dramatic increase of the elderly in absolute terms but also with regard to people younger than 65 years. This is a result of so called baby boom generation (generation of increased births) approaching retirement, as well as declining mortality rates, resulting in an increase in life expectancy by 2.5 years per decade in the EU, and low birth rates. OECD estimates that in 2030 the OECD countries will average 20 percent of the population aged 65 years and older and this percentage will rise to 20.5 percent in 2050.
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