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Perfect timing

This opportunity for comprehensive reform must be grasped, and not sidelined, as we debate the details, writes Pat Sparrow. The Productivity Commission’s draft report has placed aged care reform firmly on the agenda for 2011. Its long-awaited analysis and recommendations ...

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Delving into the detail

NIMAC’s concerns revolve around the proposed regulatory reforms and the form they will take, writes Pam Bridges. Like many others we read the draft report from the Productivity Commission with interest. Attempting to absorb the information in this very large ...

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A leap of faith

If the market solves the funding and planning problems of aged care, why hasn’t it worked in the US, asks Michael Fine If you work in aged care you probably already have an opinion on the PC draft. If not, ...

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We’re nearly all in agreement

We must now guard against getting stuck in the ‘who pays’ 1997 debate, writes Martin Laverty. 18 months of consultations, 480 submissions, a 507 page report, and 41 recommendations. An immense amount of effort from so many different people has ...

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A welcome change

There are key PC recommendations that should benefit seniors from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the providers who care for them, writes Mark Anderson. Australia’s population of older people from non-English speaking backgrounds is expected to increase by over 40 per ...

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Shifting focus

Throughout our lives we all contribute to our accommodation and living costs. There is no reason why this should not continue when we age, writes Judith Sloan. With few exceptions, the initial responses to the draft PC report have been ...

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Some healthy competition

Jim Toohey on some of the key challenges facing providers arising from the PC draft report The recommendations of the Productivity Commission draft report highlight both the historical unfairness for providers and residents of recent policy settings and also the ...

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Re-orienting the system

The PC has done a great job of drawing together the main threads of reform discussion over recent years, writes Ian Yates. The draft presents a coherent and integrated way forward that re-orients the system around the consumer and entitlement, ...

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