Are voters really prepared to sell or mortgage the family home to pay for aged care? Despite what COTA Australia says, two other consumer groups have surveys that say, ‘No.’
Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion, Mark Butler, was grilled by journalists in Adelaide on the weekend about aged care reform, but gave almost nothing away about the government’s budget plans.
The Opposition says the government tried to hide the bad news about aged care by releasing two reports over Easter, and are taking too long to act. The National Aged Care Alliance has also used the reports to demand action.
Despite the tireless efforts of those who have worked long and hard for aged care reform to become a reality, whatever does end up in the budget might not be all they are hoping for.
The Aged Care Amendment Bill 2011 means different things for consumers and providers but either way, the implications are big.