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Germany: everyone has to be insured for cost of long term care

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1542
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    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 …

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