This consultation closed on Friday 15 February 2013.
Currently aged residential care providers can charge some of their residents extra for services that are additional to those stipulated by DHBs. For example, many providers charge extra for larger rooms (premium rooms). However, all providers must give their residents an option to not pay extra, and hence they must have some rooms at the standard contract rate.
The discussion document outlines a proposal to allow some providers to charge all their residents extra, and only accept residents who are willing to pay extra. The proposal includes safeguards to ensure a sufficient supply of rooms without an extra charge. It also outlines a proposal for situations where a resident who will not pay extra wants to enter a mixed facility (one with standard charge and additional charge rooms) but the facility has only extra charge rooms vacant.
How to have your say
Please send your comments to:
Health of Older People
Policy Business Unit
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Or by email to:
by 5 pm Friday 15 February 2013.
We would appreciate if you are able to respond to the following questions when commenting:
- Do you agree with the proposals for premium-only facilities and a stand-down in mixed facilities?
- If you do generally agree, what changes or additional protections do you think should be made to the policy?
- If you do not generally agree, what alternative approach would you support?