The fees and charges , when entering residential aged care , will be determined by the care needs and by the patientís income and assets.
Currently pensioners pay a basic daily fee of $A21.10 (indexed to cost of living ) . Non pensioners pay a basic fee of $A26.40 also indexed .
From March 1998 people entering care will have to pay daily fees which are based on income . Both pensioners and non-pensioners may have to pay an additional income tested fee. The total maximum amount that anyone may be asked to pay is either $A63.30 a day or the cost of their care whichever is the lower .
To be required to pay $A63.30 an annual income of $A56,000 or more is needed .
In NZ the maximum figure paid for residential care is approximately $636 per week and to assess the amount involves an income and asset test .
The accommodation bonds are agreed between resident and the care facility and are of no fixed amount. The bond is refunded when a person leaves the facility , less a maximum of $A2,600 a year , for up to five years. No accommodation bond is paid if assets are less than $A22,500.
All money raised by charges and bonds must be used to improve accommodation and services .If the accommodation bond and charges cannot be afforded they lapse . Hostel and nursing home operators are required by law to care for those that cant pay. Government subsidies will depend on accreditation after January 1 , 2001 and accreditation or certification is required to charge bonds or accommodation charges.
There is also available respite care and home and community care carers and home patients respectively.
More than $A3 billion a year of public funding is allocated to
aged care. It costs about $A40,000 a year for each person in
nursing home level care - this is about $A110 a day for each
Currently , residents pay less than $A27 a day towards these costs , the taxpayer funding the difference.
For more info Internet site http://www.health.gov.au/acc/
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