People looking for aged care services in Page now have access to clear pricing and accommodation information online to help them make informed choices, Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
Residential aged care providers are now required to publish the maximum accommodation prices they will charge from July 1, as well as payment options and a description of key features of each type of accommodation room on offer.
“This is an important measure that will empower consumers and their families to make decisions about their future care,” Mr Hogan said.
“It will enable consumers in Pageto compare prices and facilities and choose the facility that best suits their needs.
“And it will enable providers to highlight the best features of their services and facilities, making the sector more transparent and competitive.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield said that accommodation prices and information will be published at www.myagedcare.gov.au, on providers’ own websites, and in all relevant documentation given to prospective residents.
In addition, any refundable deposit greater than $550,000 (or daily payment equivalent) will be approved by the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner.
Mr Hogan said the changes were part of a broader package of changes to make the aged care system more efficient, more flexible, and easier to navigate.
“The My Aged Care Gateway, www.myagedcare.gov.au, is the one-stop-shop for anyone considering care for themselves or a loved one, providing information and allowing consumers to compare potential facilities in the one place,” he said.
“I encourage residents of Page who are looking to find out about aged care facilities in our region to access the My Aged Care Gateway by visiting www.myagedcare.gov.au or calling 1800 200 422.”