“Elderly home care scheme is likely to be means-tested,” by Eilish O’Regan, Irish Independent

“Today’s report, commissioned as a first step in the process by the [Irish] Department of Health, provides a stark insight into the cost of statutory home care schemes in Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.
The report reveals:

  • People in Germany and the Netherlands are paying compulsory long-term care insurance and are also liable for means-adjusted co-payments.
  • In Scotland the threshold for access to professional home care has been raised and only people with the highest level of needs are cared for.
  • People are given personal budgets to control costs.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Those socialized LTC financing schemes in Europe end up with means tests too.

Elderly home care scheme is likely to be means-tested