UK TELEGRAPH: “Paul Burstow, the health minister, ruled out introducing a new NHS-style free national care service for all, and urged the public to accept “the nasty truth” that all but the poorest will have to pay for their own care.
Plans to be published on Monday are expected to propose a limit on how much individuals pay towards the cost of a care home place, meals on wheels, home adaptations and visits from helpers. The government would then step in to cover costs above this cap, which is expected to set at between £30,000 and £50,000.
The aim of the proposal would be to ensure that individuals do not have to sell their homes to meet “catastrophic” residential care costs that can exceed £300,000 in extreme cases.”
“Speaking to an audience at the King’s Fund think-tank in London, Mr Burstow warned that care for the elderly would “never” be free, describing the idea of a fully state-funded system as “a fantasy”.
“It is not free. It never has been and it never, ever will be free,” he said. “That the boat has sailed on a wholly tax-funded social care system.”
Mr Burstow said he expected a public backlash when the reform plans are announced but stressed that one in four people already faces care costs of more than £50,000, while one in 10 will have to pay more than £100,000. “This is social care’s nasty little secret,” he said.”
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