Independent age response to the public accounts committee inquiry into continuing healthcare funding

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Independent Age
Publisher
Independent Age
Date of publication
2 October 2017
Subject(s)
Health Services, Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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With a growing number of people requiring some form of care in later life, there is an increased demand on both health and care services. NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care lie at the interface between these two systems and provide vital support for older people. However, many older people experience a degree of difficulty in accessing these two vital services.

Over the last year, the healthcare topic that Independent Age receives the most calls about has been NHS Continuing Healthcare, followed by NHS-Funded Nursing Care. It is clear that more must be done to ensure older people understand their options, are protected from unnecessary costs and can access the care they need.

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