Time for a new approach to funding residential aged care

Edward Strivens
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50799
Published online: 19 October 2020

Support should be tied to the health care needs of residents, not to how eligibility for subsidies is assessed

Government support for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia has undergone major periodic shifts in the attempt to match residents’ needs and the costs of care. The money involved is considerable: during 2018–19, the Australian government provided $13.3 billion in subsidies, with more than 200 000 people living in RACFs.1

  • Edward Strivens1,2

  • 1 James Cook University, Cairns, QLD
  • 2 Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Cairns, QLD

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