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Cash Flows of Funds For Long-Term Care Between Municipalities
In the last thirty years, Slovenia has had increasingly fragmented small municipalities. With the splitting of the old municipalities, a large part of the social infrastructure, especially the older adults' homes (DSO), remained in the old municipal centres. Therefore, the older adults who need long-term care (LTC) move from their municipalities, where they have stronger social networks, to other environments, i.e., municipal centers that existed before the division of municipalities. Thus, the funds of municipalities and individual users of these services who needed to co-finance this care are transferred from small, poorer municipalities with social infrastructure for the LTC of the older adults to larger municipalities. We reviewed the data on these flows by individual municipalities, which ERAR also shows for public funds. The study of correlations and contingency found that at least for the funds paid by municipalities for their poor older citizens who need the LTC, the above finding applies. But small rural municipalities with DSOs on their soil have successfully attracted LTC users from larger municipalities into their local LTC facilities, attracting funds from larger municipalities to their area and creating jobs in these municipalities. Therefore, this study concludes that it makes sense for small municipalities to build housing infrastructure for older adults and thus create new jobs in their communities.