Berlin - Last year around 1.61 million people in Germany applied for care benefits for the first time. This emerges from the response of the Federal Ministry of Health to request from the Left Bundestag member Sabine Zimmermann, which is available to the editorial network Germany.
According to the information, the rejection rate was 15 percent. Every fifth approval - 20.7 percent - led to care level 1, which is intended for those in need who are only slightly impaired in their independence. Those affected then receive monthly relief amount of 125 euros, for example for day care or support with shopping and household chores.
38.5 percent of the newly approved care requests last year were for care level 2, 17.1 percent for care level 3. 6.5 percent of the approvals led to care level 4 and 2.4 percent to care level 5.
Zimmermann told the editorial network that far too many people in need of care remained without professional care services after the assessment. "That has nothing to do with meeting needs," said the chairwoman of the family committee in the Bundestag. “Because nobody gives support without need.” Zimmermann demanded that the scope of services in care level 1 should increase noticeably.