In the face of the coronavirus pandemic it can’t be forgotten that the explosion of chronic diseases could be a bigger catastrophe for European health systems. With that in mind, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) has published a new set of recommendations for dealing with long-term care around Europe.
Demographic changes and rising rates of chronic diseases are putting European Long-Term Care (LT) systems under pressure. That burden is expected to rise, as demand increases and contributions to social security systems decrease. As non-profit healthcare payers, the members of the leading international organisation of healthcare mutuals and funds, AIM, are deeply concerned about the health and well-being of citizens, and about the sustainability of both healthcare and LTC systems.
AIM recommends standardizing data collection and eligibility criteria for long-term care around the EU. It also wants to see minimum requirements for providers and benchmarks for assessing how countries are doing, and it warns against developing a for-profit long-term care industry. Finally, AIM calls on the Commission to establish a steering group on long-term care, along the lines of the panel dealing with prevention and health promotion.