The economic measures announced in the federal government’s mid-year budget outlook are unlikely to improve the financial struggles many aged care providers are currently facing, according to an analysis of the fine print.
Doctors’ groups have welcomed the additional $98 million to increase payments to general practitioners visiting aged care residents announced in the Government’s half yearly budget update.
The federal government will provide $552.9 million for aged care spending and release 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.
Peak aged care industry body ACSA has called for almost $700 million to immediately be made available for residential care, ahead of the federal government’s mid year financial outlook.
The Commonwealth Government will respond to the recommendations of two major aged care reviews in next year’s Federal Budget, this week’s mini-budget shows.
The issuing of $10,800 fines for repeated false claims under the Aged Care Funding Instrument will be a measure of last resort and likely to be rarely used, a Senate estimates committee has heard.
All existing indigenous aged care workforce specific activities and dementia training activities will continue, the Department of Health has confirmed to Australian Ageing Agenda, but other aged care specific workforce programs remain in doubt.
A replacement to the axed dementia supplement, changes to pre-entry leave arrangements, and a simplified ACAR – the government’s latest mini-budget had more than enough to raise eyebrows in the sector.