Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Health check shows we must change our aged care approach

The Australian Parliament must agree a long-term plan to reform the health and aged care system to address an unsustainable growth in demand and rising costs that will consume more than 40 per cent of most government budgets by 2050.

Business Council of Australia's Jennifer Westacott has released Preparing for a Better Future: Creating a Sustainable System of Aged Care Services for Australia - the Council's response to the Productivity Commission's final inquiry report on aged care services. "We strongly endorse the need for change and the Productivity Commission's recommendations, and we urge the parliament to agree that only major long-term reform of the sector will address the challenges ahead," Ms Westacott said. "Business has a stake in this debate because a poorly managed approach to the ageing population will dramatically reduce the scope of governments to provide other essential services such as education and infrastructure."

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