Increasing cost of personal care in Sweden beginning to cause fears in vulnerable people.
Wednesday, 02 January 2013
Spending on personal assistance continues to grow unchecked in Sweden
and there is growing fear that in a few years, such cost would be
expected to exceed Skr30 billion a year. This is causing great worries
to people affected with disability in the country as the debate about
recent discussion on cheating in the sector will result in increased
The Swedish government want to continue with streamlining and stripping
more resources from the healthcare sector, a sector that has seen its
resources reduced since the current coalition government took office
and has been a point of criticism from the Social
One pint to note is that personal assistance reform introduced in 1994
meant that many people with disabilities could avoid having to stay at
the institutions for care. This means they could live in their own
homes and be taken care of by care workers. But there has been talk of
fraud in the sector and this could be blamed to the effects of the
growing cost of personal care.
"There is a huge concern among user organizations that discussions now
underway on fraud would restrict their rights," says Therese Karlberg
of the Swedish Social Insurance organisation, Försäkringskassan to
Therese Karlberg who is responsible for the assistance allowance in the
organisation point out that of the money paid to disabled persons for
personal assistance today, 16,000 disabled Swedes get such assistance.
Spending on personal assistance has increased substantially since the
reform was introduced from Skr5 billion in 1998 to over Skr25 billion
this year. And 2017, that is in five years it is expected that spending
is to rise to over Skr32 billion, according to Therese Karlberg.
Although she stress that they'll retain their assistance benefit even
after age 65, a few high-profile fraud found in the assistance
benefit that was revealed recently has meant that some disable
persons are worried that it could lead to a discussion on streamlining
the regulatory framework.
By Scancomark.com Team
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