Australia’s aged care system is already underfunded for the quality of care we expect – and the costs of providing aged care are likely to more than double over the next two decades.

Following the aged care royal commission, big changes were announced to improve the quality of care in aged care facilities, such as ensuring nurses are always available to care for a resident when needed, day or night, and a star rating system to assess the quality of providers. But the question of the system’s long-term sustainability remained.

This week, the government’s Aged Care Taskforce delivered its final report offering these long-term solutions. But as La Trobe University’s Hal Swerissen explains, this didn’t deliver the bold solutions that would transform the sustainability of the aged care sector, such as introducing a Medicare-style levy.

Instead, Swerissen says, it largely recommends tidying up existing arrangements and keeping the status quo. But with one key change – getting users to pay more for their care. Here’s what we know so far about how this would work.

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor and Senior Health Editor

What will aged care look like for the next generation? More of the same but higher out-of-pocket costs

Hal Swerissen, La Trobe University

Rather than bold reforms that will safeguard Australians’ aged care services into the future, the taskforce largely recommends tidying up and keeping the status quo. And getting users to pay more.

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Renters face all types of housing discrimination, new research has found. This needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to relying on the private sector to help with emergency housing.

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