Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget 2016 - Aging and Aged Care
Council on the Ageing Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said older Australians will be disappointed that the next steps in aged care reform had been left out of the 2016 Budget with no timeframe for ensuring people can access the aged care they need, when they need it.
“Unfortunately, aged care is still a rationed system which means people who have been assessed and approved as eligible for care don't get it because of the rationing.
“The $136 million contained in the budget to improve My Aged Care website and Contact Centre is very welcome but needs to be accompanied by other major measures to address the core failures in our aged care system.”
Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) said the Budget was lacklustre for aged care with the most significant announcement being a downgrade in funding to counteract higher than anticipated growth in expenditure.
“The Budget papers have predicted a ‘blow out’ in residential aged care subsidies of $3.8 billion over five years, with the Government clawing back $1.2 billion of this. This will leave aged care providers with $2.6 billion of the ‘over budget’ amount,” ACSA CEO John Kelly said. “However, ACSA is concerned about how this will be clawed back”
Other announcements in the Budget are welcomed, such as increased funding for MyAgedCare and improved targeting of the viability supplement for RRR areas, he said.