German and Norwegian Elderly Care Essay

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German and Norwegian Elderly Care

Key words care users, care workers, formal and family care provision, access to health care, barriers to health care, uninsured elderly, retirement homes Our elderly should be afforded the best possible care. This care should not only be financial but mentally and emotionally as well. They may not be able to care for themselves, but they have paid their dues, and took care of us now it's our turn to take care of them. We were born into this world defenseless and helpless. We had not a worry in the world nor any care or concern. Our parents or caregivers in most cases took care of us to the best of their abilities and set us up to allow us to become the productive and successful people that we have
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(Indian Journal of Gerontology 2013,)

Taking Care of our own.
In Germany, the law on LTCI was a compromise between the ideas and interests of not only local, regional and national politicians, experts in quasi-public organizations, for example, healthcare insurance funds, but also other social partners and actors outside the governmental system (see Meyer 1996, Behning 1999, Theobald 2011). There were debates on funding problems of the German healthcare insurance and the public costs related to the Dutch long-term care scheme. This resulted in efforts to develop LTCI regulations that would enable the containment of the expected public costs within a universal system (Meyer 1996, Rothgang 2010, Theobald 2011).

The Norwegian population is 4.5 million with 4% aged 80 years or above. The number with dementia has been estimated at about 65000. (Statistics Norway, 2001) The Norwegians spends more per capita on caring for elderly than any other country in worldwide. Nearly 10 per cent of the annual budget goes towards providing of facilities and services to fulfill the government’s guarantee to its citizens that everyone will have a cost free private apartment post retirement in addition to the assistance and care that they might need. (Indian Journal of Gerontology (2013,). As the largest service sector, care for the elderly amounts to more than a quarter of the total municipal budget and is nearly 3 per cent of its GDP. (Indian Journal of Gerontology

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