By Darragh O’Keeffe
The Department of Health has turned to large commercial consultancy firms to provide research and analysis that will inform key aspects of the review into aged care reform and government policy.
Deloitte Access Economics has been awarded a $366,700 tender to provide an “analysis of unmet demand and the potential implications of uncapping supply in aged care”.
The issue of unmet demand – how many older people requiring aged care miss out on services due to the current government cap on the supply of places – is a key question facing the review into Living Longer Living Better, which must determine to what extent the reforms have improved access.
But as Australian Ageing Agenda has reported a lack of clear data on the wait for aged care could provide challenging for the review.
Researchers and providers have previously been cautioned against using the time lag between assessment for services and entry into aged care as crude measure of unmet demand.
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This story first appeared in Australian Ageing Agenda.
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