News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


NZACA Welcomes Consultation on Premium Charging

Media release from NZ Aged Care Association

NZACA Welcomes Consultation on Premium Charging in Aged Residential Care Facilities

The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) said today it welcomed the Government’s announcement to consult over premium charging in the aged care sector.

The Chief Executive of the NZACA, Martin Taylor, said proposals on premium charging are about offering choice for elderly people and the Association would participate actively in the consultation process.

“We welcome the opportunity for our members’ views on premium charging to be part of this discussion. We believe that elderly New Zealanders should have the choice to pay for premium accommodation and services if they desire that little extra,” Mr Taylor said.

The entitlement the elderly receive for rest home, dementia and hospital level care covers the cost of providing around 11 square meters per resident in a single or multiple bedded room and communal bathroom facilities.

“Many elderly people and their families want more than what their government entitlement covers, and that choice is being and should continue to be provided by aged care providers,” Mr Taylor said, acknowledging that premium charging has been taking place for more than 20 years.

Premium charging is an integral part of the aged care sector for both profit and not for profit operators throughout the country.

The issue between DHBs and providers is whether premium-only facilities should be allowed and whether the elderly should be able to receive a premium service for free under certain conditions.

Currently, there are about 680 aged care facilities throughout New Zealand who provide 35,000 beds.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Publishing: Unity Books On Plan To Close Te Papa Press

Unity Books is alarmed that Te Papa is proposing to suspend publishing by Te Papa Press for 4 or 5 years. Te Papa Press has proven time and time again that it has both award and bestseller capability and fulfils its kaupapa. More>>

ALSO:

Cinema: ‘The Desk’ Featuring Paul Henry To Have NZ Debut

The Documentary Edge Festival is thrilled to announce The Desk as a late entry to its 2015 Programme. The film, featuring local broadcaster Paul Henry, will have its international premiere on May 21 at 10pm at Q Theatre (book now at qtheatre.co.nz) with limited screenings also on offer in Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Art: Considering Feminisms In Aotearoa New Zealand: Two Projects

Feminism is something that has changed our lives. Recently, the activist Marilyn Waring reviewed the impact of feminism in Aotearoa New Zealand and reminded us that just 40 years ago banks wouldn’t lend women money without the guarantee of a man, ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news