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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 296..

Nursing homes and retirement villages

(Question No 8)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 11 December 2001:

In relation to Government-run nursing homes and retirement villages as at 11 December 2001, what is the total amount of patient/occupant debt in Government-run nursing homes and retirement villages.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

The ACT Government does not own any nursing homes or retirement villages. Nursing Homes, or High Level Aged Care facilities, are privately owned and receive funding from the Commonwealth Government. The level of funding is dependent on the level of resident dependence and is assessed by a tool known as the Resident Classification Scale (RCS). Retirement villages are groups of units which are privately owned and specifically designed for older people.

The Department of Health and Community Care would therefore have no knowledge of any debt incurred in either area.

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