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Call for Cap on 'Exorbitant' Home Aged Care Fees

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The Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie is calling for a price cap to stop the ‘exorbitant’ management fees being charged to older Australians receiving in-home care.

The Centre Alliance MP said her office has received an alarming number of complaints from constituents who are significantly out of pocket with some providers gauging more than 45 per cent of a package in fees and charges.

Ms Sharkie raised the issue during Question Time on Wednesday. Minister Greg Hunt told Federal Parliament the Government was waiting to see the recommendations from the Aged Care Royal Commission before introducing new reforms.

“One elderly woman in my electorate, who needs far more care than she currently receives, managed to secure a Level 2 package worth $1,270 per month, $575 of which will be taken out in management fees; and another lady with a Level 3 package has to pay nearly $10,000 of her $35,000 annual package in management fees to her not-for-profit provider," Ms Sharkie said.

“Another constituent on a Level 4 package is paying $1,086 a month in care management fees. This equates to a quarter of her package, funds that could and should be focused on her care."

If the Government does not address the issue, Ms Sharkie said she will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to change the current legislation.

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