In Romania, over 20% of the population is over 65 years old. Although many of these persons need home care, only 0.23% benefit from such services, which are extremely rare in the rural areas and in the small towns. Despite the fact that the legislation provides for an exact number of days of care free of charge, the full settlement of the services provided during those days is actually directly dependant on the budget of the health insurance houses, since the real cost of home care services, especially on the long term, is extremely high compared to the income of a family. The chronic under-financing of the social services and the difficult financing of integrated services leads to an acute lack of predictability regarding the provision of these services in a correct manner and at an appropriate quality standard. Around 70% of the financing of the services offered by non-profit providers comes from donations from abroad and from grants.
What is the Commission’s position regarding the small number of home care services for elderly people?
What measures should be taken in order to reduce the costs of provision and in order to increase the number of home care services for elderly persons?