Proposed aged care funding model summarised

Report and consultations open

On Friday 15 March the Department of Health released a report on the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS) which was undertaken by The Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong in December 2018[1]. The purpose of the study was to determine the characteristics of residents that drive residential care costs, and use this information to inform the government’s consideration of future reform options. It proposes a new Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC).

The department is now seeking targeted feedback on proposed residential aged care funding reform options. Consultation on the proposed funding model closes 31 May 2019. To view or download the consultation paper or provide a submission to this go to the department’s consultation hub.

Ideal provides a high level summary of the intentions and recommendations.

In considering the results and recommendations included in “Report Six: AN‐ACC: A national classification and funding model for residential aged care: synthesis and consolidated recommendations”, it is necessary to distinguish between three key ideas:


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