Source: Seven News
Some 92 per cent of Australians believe people should pay part of the cost of their own aged care if they can afford it, a survey reveals.
The Menzies-Nous health survey, released on Tuesday, suggests the federal government is on the right track with its plans to overhaul the aged-care sector, Nous Group senior adviser Gillian McFee says.
“It’s a tick for the general direction,” she told AAP.
“An overwhelming majority of older Australians recognise and are prepared to meet some individual costs associated with aged care.”
Labor in April revealed plans to overhaul the sector by splitting charges for care and accommodation.
The elderly will be charged up to $10,000 a year for home care and $25,000 a year for residential care from mid-2014. There will be a lifetime cap of $60,000.
The user-pays focus will allow nursing homes to charge accommodation bonds for high-care beds.
But the Gillard government has pledged the family home will continue to be exempted from wealth tests.
Tuesday’s survey backs that approach, with 77 per cent of respondents saying individuals should not have to sell their house to pay for care.
Ms McFee says people want to be looked after in their own home rather than aged-care facilities.
Some 91 per cent believe the government should invest more on that front.
Satisfaction rates for residential care are “very low”, Ms McFee said.
The survey also found people were happier with the health system overall compared with four years ago.
In 2008 some 63 per cent of people believed fundamental change was required. That figure is now 54 per cent.
The proportion who think the system works “pretty well” has jumped from 21 to 37 per cent in 2012. more