Patients to benefit from $3.7b aged care package

The government’s new 10-year ‘Living Longer, ­Living Better’ plan, which follows a Productivity Commission report, is set to start 1 July with the aim of giving more older Australians access to home care and of making aged care funding more equitable.

While the package, unveiled ahead of next month’s federal budget, largely hinges on almost doubling the number of home care packages and capping fees elderly people’s families are forced to pay, it also includes $58.5 million to improve “better practice