Catholic Health weighs up rival aged care strategies
Following its final analysis of the major parties' policies, Catholic Health Australia has concluded that the major parties differ on specifics, not general direction, and "fall well short of addressing the community's need".
"The Coalition has compiled a better approach to the community care program," said CHA's CEO Francis Sullivan. "It has the potential to benefit larger numbers of people. Labor has designed a more effective capital loans program. It has the potential to provide more capacity to improve the situation of aged care homes."
But he said that Labor's commitment to public hospital funding is "a major step forward". This, he said, addresses a significant pressure point in the system and provides a flexible payment model to promote integrated care. It also recognises the interface between acute health and nursing home care.