Aged care advocates call for ambitious funding reform, as government rules out asset test change

ABC The World Today, 16 February 2024

The federal government says it's not contemplating a controversial change to how the family home is considered in aged care means tests.

Under current rules, all homes worth more than roughly $200 thousand are considered of equal value.

But advocates say significant changes to consumer contributions are still on the table, and warranted. That might include making wealthier residents contribute much more to their own care.

Tom Symondson, Aged and Community Care Providers Association
Chris Grice, National Seniors
Gerard Hayes, Health Services Union