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Former treasurer Peter Costello told a聽royal commission that despite his financial literacy, he had trouble filling out complex aged care paperwork and has no idea how someone going into a nursing home could be expected to do it.
The federal government uses asset and income tests to determine how much people pay for residential aged care or services provided in their home.
Costello, Australia’s longest-serving treasurer of 11 years, said he tried to complete the forms with his family.
“I don’t know how a person going into a nursing home would ever be able to fill it in.”
“This is extremely complex. You can sit down and you can devise the best income and assets test in theory, but can I just urge you, you have got to administer it,” he said.
“This fund, not only is it deriving the Commonwealth income, but it’s on the balance sheet and this is where it adds real value,” he said.
“It strengthens the balance sheet and strengthens the credit rating.”
On Sept. 14, former Labor prime minister Paul Keating proposed a HECS-style scheme to fund aged care for people in their home.
The commission heard residential care providers receive $11.7 billion a year in Commonwealth subsidies and about $12.4 billion in overall revenue, including residents’ contributions.
But counsel assisting the commission, Peter Gray QC, said current reporting requirements mean residential providers aren’t adequately revealing how they spend the money.
By Ethan James
Focus News: Former Australian Treasurer Says Aged Care Forms Too Complex
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