We have a client who is here on a holiday from overseas but has suffered a debilitating illness while in Australia and the ACAT have been asked to assess him. Will he just be subject to the normal asset and income assessment for his aged care costs or will he be an unfunded resident? He doesn’t have an Australian medicare number
There is nothing in the Aged Care Act 1997 that excludes/prohibits non-Australians or Visa holders from accessing subsidised aged care. So long as the person has been assessed and approved by an ACAT for any of the three types of care – home, residential or flexible – the person has had a means test assessment and they enter a funded place; they will be eligible for government assistance with their aged care costs. The amount of government assistance, paid as subsidies and supplements to the aged care provider will depend on the outcome of the person’s means test assessment.