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Cost of dementia revealed

27th 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.

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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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