US: Trump wants to cut red tape for aged care providers

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The US administration wants to reduce the “burden” on providers by rolling back regulations introduced under previous Democrat President Barack Obama.

The Government says the changes will save US $600 million a year which will free up funds to improve resident care – though there is no requirement that homes spend funds on direct care.

Critics however have already voiced opposition to new rules around antipsychotic medication which they fear would make the drugs easier to prescribe.

Currently, new prescriptions must be reviewed after two weeks – under the new rules, this could be extended to four or longer.

It would seem some problems are universal in aged care.

Interestingly, Mr Trump owns one aged care home himself, the Trump Pavilion (pictured) in Queens, New York.