The safety net of the 4 health services is “free, comprehensive, cradle to grave, without reference to means”, but the safety net of social care is means tested, and only available in extreme poverty and with multiple conditions, and after a long delay in assessment, by which time the patient is often dead. The reality is that for most of us the state safety net is absent. If social care is means tested, then why not health care? Brexit costs can only make this worse… If we are going to ration lets do it honestly. Commissioners should be allowed to alert their populations to what is not available in their post code.
The system for funding health and care services is overly ‘complex’ and is ‘failing’ people with continuing healthcare needs, such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis, MPs say.
A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) warns that many people have their care compromised because no one makes them aware of the funding available or helps them to navigate the funding system……
Mark SMith for WalesonLine 23rd August 2018 reports: Families facing ‘excessive delays’ in reclaiming thousands for healthcare costs they should never have paid – Public Ombudsman for Wales has says 330 claims still need to be reviewed
Patients and their families who have incorrectly paid up to hundreds of thousands of pounds in healthcare costs are facing “excessive delays” in getting their money back, it has been revealed.
A new report from the Public Ombudsman for Wales has found that as many as 330 claims still need to be reviewed from people who feel they may entitled to a reimbursement.
For those eligible, all care needs outside hospital – including nursing home costs or help from a community nurse – are met by the NHS.
But for years, many families have been unaware about this programme and have resorted to selling their homes and making other major sacrifices to make ends meet….