21 December 2012

The federal Minister for Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the Government's response to the recommendations put forward by the Aged Care Financing Authority about aged care accommodation charges.

"These changes aim to create greater transparency around fees for residential aged care accommodation from July 2014 but the Government remains quiet on a number of key issues," said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

"The fact that Minister Butler, has announced pricing arrangements for aged care in the put-out-your-rubbish-just-before-Christmas period causes CPSA great concern.

"The recommendations by the Aged Care Financing Authority were blatantly biased in favour of industry and CPSA is studying the pricing measures announced by Minister Butler today, reserving its judgment until the New Year when the media is back at their desks.

"It looks like the Government is keeping up its habit of briefing members of the aged care provider dominated National Aged Care Alliance about things he is about to do, locking out CPSA and other genuine consumer organisations.

Author:  CPSA