Better access to aged care pricing

Michael Ronaldson

Michael Ronaldson

PEOPLE looking for aged care services in Bendigo will now have access to clear pricing and online accommodation information.

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 on offer.

Patron Senator for Bendigo Michael Ronaldson said the move would help families make informed decisions.

“It will enable consumers in Bendigo to compare prices and facilities and choose the facility that best suits their needs," he said.

“And it will enable providers to highlight the best features of their services and facilities ...”

Meanwhile, Mr Ronaldson said the state government would meet its election commitments in aged care. The previous government’s Aged Care Workforce Supplement will be repurposed into increased payments to all home and residential aged care providers, resulting in a 2.4 per cent increase from July 1, 2014.

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