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People with dementia in England have spent almost EUR 16.5 billion of their own money on care since 2017

Friday 05 July 2019

The Alzheimer’s Society (UK) has published a new analysis indicating that people living with dementia in England have had to spend almost GBP 15 billion (EUR 16.5 billion approx.) of their own money on social care, since the UK Government first proposed reforms to the system in March 2017.

The UK Government’s social care Green Paper was announced in March 2017 and was due to set out a long-term funding solution for social care funding; however, it has been delayed six times, with no indication of when it will be published.

The analysis from the Alzheimer’s Society shows that:

  • People affected by dementia have spent almost 15Bn GBP (approximately 16.65Bn EUR) of their own money on social care since March 2017, compared to less than 10Bn (approximately 11.1 EUR) spent by Government.
  • Since March 2017 people with dementia have spent more than one million unnecessary days in hospital beds, despite being well enough to go home, costing the NHS over 340M GBP (approximately 377M EUR).

Additionally, during the same period, the total number of people aged over 65 diagnosed with dementia has increased by 33,000 in England, increasing the demand for services and supports. Furthermore, people with dementia face higher costs for their care, with supports and services, on average, 15% more expensive than standard social care. The analysis estimates that people with dementia spend £100,000 (110,000 EUR) on care, despite people with cancer or heart disease having their care costs covered by the NHS.

As a result, the Alzheimer’s Society is calling for a dedicated £2.4bn Dementia Fund to end the inequity in social care funding. The Dementia Fund would sit within the NHS and would cover the additional social care costs for people with dementia.

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