Thursday, 20 September 2018
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care. Yesterday in question time the minister said the funding for ACFI expenditure has continued to increase against claims across all three domains. Can the minister confirm there was actually an average per-resident funding cut of $6,665 per year from 2017 due to his government's cuts, according to a report commissioned by UnitingCare?
I thank the shadow minister and member for Franklin for her question. There's record funding of $19.8 billion this year, $6.5 billion more than Labor provided in its last full financial year. The funding for ACFI expenditure continued to increase against claims across all three domains. Funding of subsidies and supplements per person per year in residential aged care is $66,000 in 2017-18 compared to $53,000 in 2012-13, with payments increasing every year under this government. Complex healthcare payments per person per year are up from 2015-16 before MYEFO and the budget with the 2016 changes. On average $19,100 was paid per person in 2017-18 compared to $18,900 in 2015-16. In 2015-16, the figure was $18,900. In 2016-17 it went to $19,500, and at the moment—
This is per person, yes. Of course it is. In 2017-18, it's $19,100. Let me quote from a joint press conference between former Prime Minister Gillard and Minister Butler to announce the Living Longer Living Better legislation on 20 April 2012:
Look there are some providers who've been unusually claiming levels of money that we don't think they're entitled to and they may be unhappy that the jig is up—