Expert & Leader of department: Kerstin Protz
The role of nursing in the healthcare sector is currently being redefined as a consequence of the demographic shift. There is no doubt that, in the future, nursing will have a different status in the healthcare system than was previously the case, due to the fact that the number of people requiring nursing care is set to more than double by the year 2040. Accordingly, the need for care facilities and carers will continue to grow in the future and give rise to completely new careers and completely new nursing and care models. The question of financing, however, remains open. The reform of long-term care insurance is imminent – this is one of the most important tasks for the future of our social security system, but this alone will not suffice in solving the problem. A new financing system will also demand higher personal contributions and increased private preventative measures, in particular relating to nursing care. Together with other areas, such as health economics, the primary task of nursing and the care system will be to develop new models and structures of cooperation with industry, with a view to refinancing.