Older Australians who can afford it should be paying more for their aged care, says peak body Catholic Health Australia (CHA).
CHA says means testing could help fix the aged care funding crisis and provide urgently needed funds.
CHA, Australia’s largest non-government provider of health and aged care services, has outlined a new funding model for both residential and home-based care and says it’s time to end the ‘one size fits all approach’.
“Our aged care crisis is now so...
Pat Garcia is the CEO of Catholic Health Australia, Australia’s largest non-government group of health, community, and aged care services. Pat has a wealth of experience in public policy development, public affairs, and the law. He has worked in the private sector as a financial analyst and corporate lawyer, in the public sector as a senior adviser in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Captain in the Australian Army Legal Corps, and as a political strategist in the Labor Party and in the Office of the NSW Premier.
If we want to get serious about actually fixing our broken aged care system, we'll need to start by confronting some hard truths. So here’s one: the aged care funding crisis is now so deep the government can’t realistically fix it with taxpayers’ money.
To understand what I mean, take a quick look down the abyss.
Let’s start with the soaring need for home-care packages. These packages are designed to help seniors who want to stay in their own homes...