The aged care watchdog is reportedly investigating instances in which people receiving in-home care have been charged extra fees for personal protective equipment.
The Australian reports the issue had been raised with Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck, who had referred it on to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).
“A home care provider should not charge the cost of PPE as a separate service from a client’s home care package,” he said.
“It should be incorporated into the price charged by a provider for delivering a service.”
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Richard Marles weighed in on claims some providers had charged clients for surgical masks, goggles and face shields, calling it an “utter disgrace”.
“Scott Morrison is meant to be funding our aged care sector to keep older Australian safe, yet we learn that he is instead forcing war widows to pay out of pocket costs for PPE,” he said.
“The Federal Government is responsible for the funding and the regulation of our aged care sector and its infection control, and yet we hear news of additional costs, which only creates greater anxiety for our older Australians.”
Individuals concerned about care costs are encouraged to contact the ACQSC on 1800 951 822.