Rehabilitation instead of LTC

Long-term care expenditure is among the fastest-growing health-care costs in Germany. The main reason for this strong growth is the increasing number of care-dependent individuals – a population group that is forecast to continue to increase significantly in the future. The increasing demand for long-term care goes together with the increased need for both nursing home places and nursing staff. This in turn puts high financial pressure on the long-term care insurance framework and society in general, especially as the number of people in employment is expected to decrease at the same time.
One possible option to reduce or delay long-term care needs is rehabilitation. In this project, we analyse the effectiveness of rehabilitative measures to reduce long-term care needs using individual level insurance claims data. Our goal is to

  • document how frequently care dependent persons receive rehabilitative care,
  • identify factors that increase or reduce the likelihood of receiving rehabilitative care, and
  • analyse whether rehabilitative care is indeed a cost effective way to reduce long-term care needs.

Additionally, we aim to explore the effectiveness of new and existing rehabilitative measures. To this aim, experts in the fields of rehabilitative care are asked to share and discuss their views on existing and new forms of rehabilitative care as a means to prevent or delay long-term care need.

Researcher in charge
Dörte Heger

Dörte Heger


+49 (201) 8149 285


Alexander Haering

Alexander Haering

Doctoral Student

+49 (201) 8149 350

Thorben Korfhage

Thorben Korfhage


+49 (30) 202159820