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Who Pays? Financing Services for Older People

Author: Foster, C., Kendig, H., Staines, V.
Year: 1987
Type: Book Section


The first part of this paper approaches the question of aged care services from the viewpoint of older people. It focuses on their needs and preferences and their use of services provided by the private sector and families as well as voluntary and goverment services. The second part reviews concepts funding levels and program developments which assist in explaining and assessing current commitments to services for older people. Sax (1984) has described politics and policies in Australia health services as a strife of interests. The same can be said of the welfare sector. Boundaries, responsibilites and objectives in this area have never been clearly demarcated. Voluntary organisations have long taken the lead in developing and delivering services. Consumers are only now beginning to organise to voice their legitimate interests. Governments are beginning to take a greater interest due to pressure for accountability in the face of growing consumer interst and budgetary constraints. In developing improved financial arrangements for servcies, it will be important to delineate appropriate responsibilities and inter-relationships between these various sectors.

Further Details

Author Foster, C., Kendig, Hal L.
Pages 11-58
Publish Location Canberra
Publisher Commonwealth Policy Coordination Unit
Accession Number 29.11.02
Keywords Australia, older, health improvement

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