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Why tens of thousands are forgoing supplementary benefits

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Despite increasing poverty in old age

Tens of thousands of pensioners forego supplementary benefits

Many poorer old people do not get any help from the state – although they are entitled to supplementary benefits, writes the “Observer”.


Poverty in old age is increasing in Switzerland. In the photo an older woman in the sale in Lucerne. (icon picture)

Andrea Haefely («Observer»)

A fifth of the Swiss population over the age of 65 is affected or at risk of poverty. This is the conclusion of the current age monitor of the Pro Senectute Foundation.

The precarious living situation of the senior citizens is due, among other things, to the fact that they have not applied for supplementary benefits (EL), says Peter Burri from Pro Senectute. “We are assuming that there are several tens of thousands of people who do not receive any supplementary benefits, although they are entitled to them.” It is likely to be largely older people who do not live in a retirement home. Because in the case of retirement and nursing home residents, one can assume that, in case of doubt, EL will be applied for.

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