The royal commissioners failed to reach an agreement on the best way to structure and fund Australia’s aged care system and instead have put forward a range of recommendations that were not unanimously agreed upon.
The report, which is expected to be released today, contains a range of recommendations including having higher taxes or greater reliance on user-pays contributions to fund aged care services, according to reports in The Australian.
There are more than 100 recommendations in the report that the commissioners did agree on, however, a series of additional recommendations were not agreed upon by both commissioners Lynelle Briggs and Tony Pagone QC.
Commissioner Briggs is believed to be of the view that the government should retain centralised administrative control of the aged care sector, however, it is understood that commissioner Pagone was of the view an independent agency should be established outside the Health Department to administer aged care, considering the fact that successive governments have failed to manage it properly.
The Australian has also reported that the commissioners could not agree on the future funding of aged care, on whether the sector should be funded on the principle of universal health care or a user-pays system.
In a press conference yesterday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the eight-volume report will be released “very shortly”.
The royal commission has been holding hearings into the sector for two years. Initially launched by Scott Morrison in 2018, it now appears it won’t leave him without a clear path forward.