Systemic regulation of long-term care
Slovenia is becoming an ageing society. People older than 65 years of age account for 19.7% of Slovenia's population and, according to projections, this will increase to 30% by 2050. The percentage of those over 80 years of age will increase from 5% in 2016 to 11.4% in 2050. The ageing of the population will result in a growing need for long-term care. This will be matched by parallel trends of higher public and private costs of long-term care.
New, systemic regulation of long-term care is needed to guarantee the system’s sustainability, so that it will be able to fulfil beneficiaries’ needs in the long run.
The proposed measures are moving in the direction of:
- the setting up of a one-stop shop for information on health, social protection and long-term care and for beneficiary-friendly procedures;
- the introduction of uniform assessment of eligibility, leading to a system in which beneficiaries with comparable needs have access to comparable rights;
- the introduction of new services so that the beneficiaries in all environments – be it at home or in an institution – have access to comparable services and are provided with the services for strengthening and maintaining their independence and e-services;
- the establishment of efficient quality and safety controls;
- a higher percentage of public funds for co-financing long-term care, which will in turn reduce the amounts paid by beneficiaries for services and reduce financial burden on local communities.
In 2017, the Ministry of Health took on the task of drafting the umbrella law, which will in a uniform manner regulate long-term care. In accordance with the government's legislative work programme for 2019, the draft law on long-term care will be submitted to the government in November 2019.