Personal Care Assistance more Difficult in Future

Current regulations regarding a disabled person’s right for personal assistance could be tightened up due to cutbacks.

Annual costs for personal assistance may be reduced by 468 million dollars, according to a suggestion by a government referee group.

Today, personal assistants to those with physical disabilities cost over three billion dollars a year, with the state footing two-thirds of the bill.

County councils are responsible for up to 20 hours of a care a week and the state pays for the rest. When the system was first introduced in 1994, costs were estimated at 156 million dollars a year. Back then, 6400 people had personal assistants. Today, the number has grown by more than double.

The LSS-committee who is in charge of regulating support and service for those with disabilities is handing in its suggestions for change to the Minister of Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson on Friday.

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