Stop Cuts to Aged Care

Stop Cuts to Aged Care

***UPDATE: The planned cuts to aged care health funding are still going ahead. Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley has recently offered to discuss how the government achieves the funding cuts with the aged care sector, but has made it abundantly clear that the government is still seeking to cut more than $2 billion from aged care services.***

The Federal Government is set to cut critical funding to aged care services, making it harder for older people to get the care and support they need.

As one of Australia's largest not-for-profit aged care providers, the UnitingCare ...

***UPDATE: The planned cuts to aged care health funding are still going ahead. Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley has recently offered to discuss how the government achieves the funding cuts with the aged care sector, but has made it abundantly clear that the government is still seeking to cut more than $2 billion from aged care services.***

The Federal Government is set to cut critical funding to aged care services, making it harder for older people to get the care and support they need.

As one of Australia's largest not-for-profit aged care providers, the UnitingCare Aged Care Network is calling on the Federal Government to stop these cuts, conduct a thorough review of aged care funding, so the aged care sector and the government can work together to develop a sustainable funding model.

What are the cuts?

In the 2016-17 Federal Budget, $1.2 billion was cut from the Complex Health Care element of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), on top of more than $750 million which was cut in December 2015.

Independent modelling by Ansell Strategic has since found the cuts will be even larger than estimated – with an impact of more than $2.5 billion over four years.

What are the impacts?

The cuts mean that funding for each newly admitted aged care resident, or those whose needs are reassessed, will be reduced, on average, by $6,655 and up to as much as $18,000 per year.

Critical health needs such as wound and skin care, mobility needs, arthritis treatment and end of life care will be under threat.

The funding cuts will be particularly devastating for regional and remote aged care facilities, as they already receive less funding.  It's likely some could be forced to close.

Help stop the cuts by emailing your local MP to voice your concerns:

It’s always better to put things in your own words as MPs take more notice of their constituents writing to them personally. We’ve included some tips about what you might like to say - check the 'Email Tips' button on the right hand side of this page for more information. 

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It’s always better to put things in your own words as MPs take more notice of constituents taking the time to write to them that way. We’ve included a suggestion below of what you might like to say: 

Dear [Member of Parliament name],

I'm writing in regards to the proposed cuts to the Complex Health Care element of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

I understand the Federal Government has proposed to cut $1.2 billion from this funding over four years as part of the 2016-17 budget, on top of an additional $750 million that was cut in December 2015.

If the Government proceeds with these cuts, vulnerable and sick older people will have reduced access to the professional care that helps them with their critical health needs, including wound and skin care, mobility needs, arthritis treatment and end of life care.

This will have an extremely negative impact on their wellbeing and quality of life.

Not only will these vulnerable people in our community be forced to wait longer for health care, but the cuts will also have a devastating impact on regional and remote aged care facilities, and place greater pressure on the public hospital system. 

As your constituent, I ask you to raise these concerns with your Party as a matter of urgency, and act to put these cuts on hold while the government conducts a thorough review of the aged care funding model. Australia needs a sustainable funding model that does not jeopardise the care our older Australians need and deserve. 

 

Sincerely,

[Name]

 

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