Germany: everyone has to be insured for cost of long term careBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1542/b (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1542
- Annette Tuffs
Since the 1 January 1995 every German citizen has to be insured against the risk of needing special care as a consequence of either disease or old age. About 1.7% of people's wages is deducted every month for this type of insurance, together with a contribution for their health insurance.
Even those with private insurance are obliged to join the nursing care insurance scheme of their insurance company.
Currently, about two million …