Saturday, 16 July 2016

Where is the modelling? - Lieberal aged care cuts


These ridiculous proposed cuts to the aged care sector have run into trouble already before the new Lieberal hanging by a thread gov is even formed. I say ridiculous because it's nothing more than Scrooge penny pinching that will cause untold suffering to some of the most vulnerable people in Australia. Those in our communities who are old and rely on being in a facility to care for them.

Again, this isn't how Australian's behave. I don't know why this gov is doing so, apart from the likelihood of the persecuted middle aged white christian men in Canberra think that their form of christianity is to cause suffering amongst the weakest of us. How very Abbott.

With the prospect of nearly $2billion being taken from said old and vulnerable since last year, those in the sector who care about those they care for are in an uproar, asking pretty much "Where the fuck is the modelling as to how you arrived at these lunatic numbers?" 

I dare say these latest cuts of $1.6billion don't presently have a snowball's chance in hell of getting through the new senate. It's very likely that neoliberal fascist notions of $ will fall flat on it's face on the senate floor.

And for good reason. The new diverse senate will be one more representative of the views of the common Australian. We don't want the old to suffer, particularly when the gov wants to give $50billion to corporations for nothing more than simply existing. The prospect for Australians to inflict suffering on the weak and the old for the sake of the $ just won't fly. It's simply not who we are as a people.
The peak body for older Australians is demanding the government reveal the modelling that underpinned its surprise decision to cut $1.6 billion from residential aged care. 

What is known as the aged care funding instrument is being altered to save $1.2 billion over four years. 

The cut in the May budget comes on top of $472 million in cuts to the sector announced in late 2015. 

The measures are key elements of the government's budget repair plan. 

The perception is that providers are stretching the truth when assessing the needs of residents to attract more money. 

"The government should open up its modelling and the process of how it arrived at these figures," Ian Yates, the chief executive of Councils on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, said. 

"I want to see the evidence, I want to see the modelling." 

Without changes to the funding instrument, which is used to calculate per-resident support according to the complexity of their care needs, there would have been a cost blowout of $3.8 billion, Health Minister Sussan Ley has warned. 

But the cuts came as a surprise to aged care providers, which have been undergoing step-change reform since the Living Longer, Living Better package of 2012, which has bipartisan support. 

Labor has committed to a major review of the way aged care services are provided and paid for, but insists it is not in a position to reverse the $1.2 billion cut. 

Nick Xenophon, whose Nick Xenophon Team could have significant sway in the next Senate, has promised to try to delay the cuts until there is an inquiry into the sector. 

Aged and Community Services Australia president Paul Sadler said annual funding per resident would drop by $6655 under the changes. AFR