Saturday, January 14, 2006

Belgian elderly

Belgium has recently seen a decline of the ratio between working members of the population and welfare recipients, including pensioners. In 1950 there were 4.2 people holding jobs to every one on welfare. This ratio has dropped in recent years to 1.7 to one. Statistics from 1984 show that 13.7 percent of the Belgian population is 65 years of age or older.
The health and hospital services committees in Belgium are the responsibility of public assistance committees in each town. The committees pay for relief patients in private hospitals, administer public hospitals, and organize nursing services and clinics.
Social Security applies to all workers subject to employment contracts. The Central National Social Security Office collects Social Security and distributes the money to respective committees.
Twigg, H. D. "Enter the Age of Age," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 17. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.


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