Cost of dementia revealed27th June 2008
A report published by the Alzheimer’s Society says that patients with dementia are being forced to pay large amounts of money for care that is often of poor quality.
In its report “The Dementia Tax”, the charity has now called for a overhaul of the funding system.
The Alzheimer’s Society believes a system for people with dementia under which they are means tested for social care rather than it being free on the NHS amounts to a “tax on people with dementia.”
Figures released by the charity say up to two-thirds of people with dementia are paying anything from £100-£300 a week toward help in washing and dressing.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt said: “The dementia tax is persecuting thousands of people from all walks of life who are being hit hard by a system that provides poor care at a huge cost.
“The horrific truth is that the current charging system leaves vulnerable people who have a devastating and incurable condition to pay for essential help.
“It is not unreasonable to ask people to make a contribution towards the cost of their care, but people will not pay to prop up a broken system that fails to deliver quality care.”
The charity wants the “dementia tax” scrapped and replaced by a “transparent, sustainable and fair system.”
The Department of Health says that the recently-launched dementia strategy and the current consultation ahead of the green paper on social care funding is aiming to find a fair solution for patients and taxpayers.
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Title: Cost of dementia revealed
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7318
Date Added: 27th Jun 2008