This assessment of the Productivity Commission's draft report Caring for Older Australians was presented to the 11th national conference of the National Rural Health Alliance -- March 2011.
Over the years, a range of policies and programs targeting the provision of aged care services in rural and remote locations have been developed. The Productivity Commission's recommendations, if implemented, would result in a fundamental reshaping of the current aged care system. The paper assesses the implications of the recommendations for rural and remote services and, where relevant, also considers the Productivity Commission's recommendations in the context of other recent reforms in the primary health care sector affecting rural and remote health services.
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