Berlin (dpa) - The children of people in need of care in the future will be asked to pay only in rare cases.
According to the law passed by the Bundestag on Thursday evening, daughters and sons of those affected only have to contribute financially to the care of their parents from an annual gross income of 100,000 euros. Before this regulation can come into force, after the Bundestag but also the Federal Council must give the green light.
So far, the welfare office jumps in first, if people in need of care can no longer pay the home costs. In many cases, the authorities get the money but at least partially back from the relatives.
Federal Social Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) described the now adopted reform as "an essential step to make life easier for people". Since the need for care of a relative is already an emotional and organizational burden, those affected would at least have to be protected against incalculable financial risks.
The German Foundation for Patient Protection, on the other hand, criticized the fact that the people in need of care themselves would not be relieved. "Nursing continues to make poor and forces many affected people into social assistance," said Foundation Board Eugen Brysch. The benefits of the care class were simply not enough to cover the home costs.
The self-participation of people in need of care for a home space rose in the national average last to just under 1930 euros. That was a good 110 euros more than a year earlier. Nationwide the highest are the self-paid contributions continue in North Rhine-Westphalia with now 2406 euros. The cheapest are home courses currently in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where 1346 euros have to be paid by yourself. This information comes from the "Nursing database" of the Association of private health insurance.
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