The published in 2011 was commissioned by the coalition government in July 2010. They received a response to the issues raised by individuals and organizations on the provision of care. The commission received over 250 responses from various groups and individuals which included the financial services sector, local authorities and care providers.
The response received was covering the various area of care providers such as the reform of state funding systems, raising additional funds and improvement of advice and information for all concerned.
Overall there was a great support for a joint funding model for individuals and the state to provide care. It was also stated that any reforms made must also support working-aged adults and not just the elderly care. There was also a call for more integration of services because the present system for assessment and provision of long term care is disjointed and does not work effectively. People need to be able to plan for a future that is more certain. If the recommendations of the report were to be adopted the cap on the cost of care to the individual may have opened up the market for providers to design new products to cope with the demand for funding care. The present system of charging and provision of care can cost an individual their life savings.
Currently, the provision of care can be dealt with by many different departments of the Social Care Service, care providers, and the NHS. By having more integrated and streamlined services they can make the funding and provision of care easier to understand. There is no doubt that the current systems for paying for care and for continuing healthcare funding are outdated and need reform, however, the question could be can a government that is under extreme financial constraints provide the changes that are recommended as a result of this report?
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