Public willingness to pay higher taxes is an important signal, but additional financial pillars are needed
Australia’s aged care sector represents a multibillion dollar industry, predominantly funded publicly through income tax contributions. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is currently placing an international spotlight on system shortfalls. Before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic, the Australian Medical Association declared Australia’s aged care system to be in crisis, joining with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation in urging the government to immediately guarantee quality and safety.1 COVID‐19 has further magnified cracks in the system, having recently been described as one that “is rife with substandard care”.2
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