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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:30 PM

 

Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes

Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany.

The move, which has seen thousands of retired Germans rehoused in homes in eastern Europe and Asia, has been severely criticised by social welfare organisations who have called it "inhumane deportation"...

Researchers found an estimated 7,146 German pensioners living in retirement homes in Hungary in 2011. More than 3,000 had been sent to homes in the Czech Republic, and there were more than 600 in Slovakia. There are also unknown numbers in Spain, Greece and Ukraine. Thailand and the Philippines are also attracting increasing numbers.

The Guardian spoke to retired Germans and people needing long-term care living in homes in Hungary, Thailand and Greece, some of whom said that they were there out of choice, because the costs were lower on average between a third and two-thirds of the price in Germany and because of what they perceived as better standards of care.

But others were evidently there reluctantly.

The Guardian also found a variety of healthcare providers were in the process of building or just about to open homes overseas dedicated to the care of elderly Germans in what is clearly perceived in the industry to be a growing and highly profitable market...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/german-elderly-foreign-care-homes?INTCMP=SRCH

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:29 PM

1. If Germany is having problems with LTC

just like us, then this does not bode well for the future since Germany has a more rationale healthcare system than ours.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:33 PM

2. I don't think I'd want to be a German in Greece right now.

Yikes, that's a little tone deaf. Any other countries they are forcing austerity measures on they are shipping old folk to?

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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. well Ungarn is not that bad

that would be similar to ne going to a retirement home in Illinois or Texas.

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