Under the reforms more home and residential care places will be made available.
The announcement last week of the Government’s proposed Aged Care reforms in response to the Productivity Commission’s report into caring for older Australians didn’t bring many surprises. But are these reforms enough?
The funding of aged care reforms announced in response to the Productivity Committee’s report into the future of Australia’s Aged Care system will be costed as part of the Government’s 2012/13 Federal Budget. Under the reforms more home and residential care places will be made available, better pay structure and working conditions will be implemented to entice more workers into the aged care system and families will be given more time to find the money needed to place a relative into an aged care facility. As well as this, those requiring care will have fairer means testing and caps on the level of fees they have to pay. However, with a government so keen to get back to surplus, where will they find the money?
Read more of the detail of the Aged Care reforms.
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