Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/30178
Authors: 
Heinicke, Katrin
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 10-012
Abstract: 
This paper describes the Social Long-Term Care Insurance (SLTCI) in Germany. Based on a short review of the history of long-term care organization and the preceding laws in Germany, the implementation of the SLTCI as a self-standing pillar within the system of social insurances in Germany and its set-up with regard to eligibility criteria, service provision and financial budget are presented. Since SLTCI is a universal, contribution-financed insurance the ageing society and the corresponding shifts in the number of persons in need of care and the number of persons potentially providing informal care are challenges for its sustainability. Therefore, recently suggested reform options are discussed at the end of the paper showing potential pathways to a sufficient provision of care services in the future.
Subjects: 
Social Long-term Care Insurance
Germany
Financial Situation
Sustainability
Reform Options
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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