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What Effects will Demographic Change have on the Healthcare System and Caregiving?

Despite the general trend of population decline in the Free State, the numbers for age groups over 50 are continuing to increase. Men and women in Saxony stay fit for longer, but they are also getting older. By 2020, the number of people within the age group of the very old, i.e. over 80, who are particularly prone to illness and care needs, will have risen to about one tenth of the total population. This may mean that the service demand within the healthcare and caregiving systems may continue to increase despite the declining population overall.

How does Demographic Change affect the Care Industry?

Many young Saxons are leaving their homeland to follow attractive job opportunities elsewhere, and taking up their residences close by, while their parents remain in their previous community. Once these parents become frail, the geographic distance to their children poses increasing obstacles to provide sufficient care. This gap in family care is supplemented more and more by private service offers on stationary or outpatient basis, as well as by neighbourhood associations and volunteer services.

What will be the Effects on the Healthcare System in the Free State of Saxony?

Costs for providing a guaranteed high level of medical care increase due to the decreasing numbers of inhabitants. In the less populated areas of Saxony, higher costs for the provision of existing healthcare services can be expected in future, or there will be a an increased demand for alternative solutions.

Demographic change is mirrored in the age structure of practising physicians in Saxony as well. In the near future, more Saxon doctors will be retiring, than there are young doctors entering into the profession from the medical faculties of Saxon universities.

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