Germans Save Money by Exporting Old People
Opponents call practice 'inhumane'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2012 4:18 PM CST
Updated Dec 30, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Germany is shipping off its grandmas.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – With long-term care costs rising—and actual care standards falling—a growing number of Germans are saving money by shipping their elderly relatives to foreign homes, the Guardian reports. Most are headed to Eastern Europe; an estimated 7,146 were in Hungary last year, along with more 3,000 in the Czech Republic, and more than 600 in Slovakia. An unknown number of others are heading to Spain, Greece, the Ukraine, and even such distant ports as Thailand and the Philippines.

Care in these countries costs as little as one-third what it does in Germany, and the quality is often seen as superior. But social welfare activists are crying foul. "It is inhumane," says the head of one group. The head of Germany's Alzheimer's society is particularly worried that dementia sufferers will be exported on the theory that they won't know the difference. They, more than anyone, require a familiar cultural environment, she explained, "because they're very much living in an old world consisting of earlier memories."

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Feb 10, 2013 9:07 PM CST
You'd do much better to get old in Germany than in Japan. High ranking japanese leaders want their seniors to DIE, so they won't collect any benefits after a life of paying taxes into the system:
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Did one of you narrow minded idiots EVER thought about, that maybe but just maybe these elderly ppl, are just going back from there they came back in the days??? Unbelievable, but true lots of folks came to germany back in the days to have a job and make money, the same ppl go back to their country with their nice retirement check and spent the rest of their days in THEIR country.......serious? Gas chambers are being mentioned on here and more dumb shit.......PLEASE could anybody invest in a better school system in the states, because it looks like lots of americans should go back to a real school and get a real education and learn whats going on outside the USA.......