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Aged care an issue for Australians: Poll

06-30-2010 09:59 BJT

CANBERRA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Access to affordable quality aged care has been an issue weighing on the minds of all Australians, not just the elderly, new polling suggested on Wednesday.

The issue has been more of a worry than education or the environment for most of the 1000 respondents of a recent online poll conducted for a coalition of aged care groups.

More than 90 percent of respondents agreed aged care should be an entitlement, and even more wanted to see an increase in commonwealth funding.

Even more, 95 percent agreed there should be a boost in commonwealth support for people who cannot afford to pay for care, Australian Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians, which conducted the poll, said the system needs to be set straight now, to meet future demands.

"The poll reinforces that Australia's aged care issues must be addressed," group chairman Greg Mundy said in a statement, adding that nearly one-quarter of Australians will be over 65 by 2050, compared with 13 percent now.

The group wanted an independent study on cost of care, increased funding for the sector and a more flexible payment option for accommodation.

An independent inquiry into the challenges faced by the sector is under way, with the Productivity Commission expected to hand down its draft findings in December.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: Xinhua

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