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Peaks welcome boost to residential aged care funding

Created  9th January 2019

Doctors’ groups have welcomed the additional $98 million to increase payments to general practitioners visiting aged care residents announced in the Government’s half yearly budget update.

The funding is among several initiatives targeting aged care recipients in the federal government’s Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook announced on Monday, which includes 10,000 additional home care packages to be available within weeks and increases to the rural and remote and homeless supplements for residential aged care providers.

The government announced it was investing $98 million over four years to increase the fee paid to general practitioners treating aged care residents to help ensure they have appropriate incentives to visit aged care facilities.

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Source:
Natasha Egan, 2018, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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