Why Australia should have a universal aged care system – Grattan Institute

All of us at some point in our lives have reaped the benefits of Medicare – whether that’s bulk billing a doctor’s appointment or receiving a more serious hospital procedure for free. When Medicare was introduced in the early 80s, the Minister for Health Dr Neal Blewett described it as ‘a simple, fair, affordable insurance system that provides basic health cover to all Australians’.

But what about ‘a simple, fair, affordable aged care system that provides basic cover to all older Australians’. We have Medicare, so why not a universally funded aged care system?

Join Kat Clay and Anika Stobart, Associate, in conversation tackling this big question of why Australia should have a universal aged care system.