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Act on the Affairs of the Elderly, No. 125/1999

Ministry of Health Government of Iceland Country Resources Older Persons General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans and service standards Iceland November 2018 Legislation/regulation elderly care, equality, health service

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The purpose of this Act is to ensure that the elderly have access to the health and social care services they require and that such services are provided at the most appropriate level of service based on the needs and condition of the elderly person in question. It is moreover the purpose of the Act to ensure that the elderly are able, for as long as possible, to enjoy a normal domestic life and that they are assured the required institutional services when needed. In the implementation of this Act it should be ensured that the elderly enjoy equal rights with other citizens and that their right to self-determination is respected.

This Act was originally enacted in 1999, with the latest amendments in 2018. For ongoing amendments and the latest version of the law, please refer to the links provided.


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