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Pandemic sees more patients avoiding nursing homes

Pandemic sees more patients avoiding nursing homes

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According to the Luxembourg Health Fund, more and more people are choosing home care, partly because of their anxiety about Covid-19.

According to the Luxembourg Health Fund, more and more people are choosing home care, partly because of their anxiety about Covid-19.

The majority of Luxembourg residents avoid long-term care facilities and choose to help in their own homes

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Luxembourg’s National Health Insurance Fund CNS said Monday that more and more people are choosing to get medical care at home instead of entering a nursing home following a wave of Covid-related deaths at a Luxembourg facility. The last two years.

In a 2021 long-term care insurance report, the CNS states that approximately 15,000 people receive care annually with the kindness of the fund.

However, the report states that the number of people receiving long-term care in their own homes is 1.5 times that of those entering nursing homes. Home care referrals increased 3.6% in 2021, while referrals to people admitted to nursing homes increased 1.1%.

“The weak growth in the number of people entering nursing homes is partly explained by the effects of the pandemic, especially some hesitation among those who have stopped entering such facilities,” the CNS said. rice field.

Elderly people in typical nursing homes and long-term care facilities Almost half of all Covid-19 deaths In 2020, when preventive measures were inadequate, The Luxembourg Times It was reported in February last year. The first 6 months of the pandemicNearly 52% of those who claimed their first death in Luxembourg in March 2020 were related to long-term care resident.

Housework Minister Corinne Kaen Barely survived the subsequent demands for her resignation Opposition lawmakers called her reaction vague and chaotic after the pandemic struck a house caring for the most vulnerable people.

List of recommendations Published last September The managers of 65 homes, caring for more than 7,300 older people, avoided imposing compulsory precautions.

CNS fund Lost nearly € 56 million in 2021 The Covid-19 government’s aid scheme has been unable to close the financial gap, leaving funds increasingly dependent on their reserves.

Amid concerns about the financial condition of the fund, the government said in May that it would set up a working group of representatives of the government, medical institutions and unions to develop a strategy to restore the fund’s finances to equality. .. A report summarizing the conclusions will be released in the fall.

At the time of the 2020 pandemic, the government promised to provide the CNS with additional funding of € 386 million to absorb Covid-19-related spending... In 2020, € 200 million was paid to the fund and an additional € 62 million was secured each year to support the costs from 2021 to 2023.

The CNS suffers from common structural flaws unrelated to Covid-19, Health Minister Paulette Lenert said in May.


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