The Productivity Commission recently released its draft reporton their Inquiry into a Long-term Disability Care and Support Scheme.
Having now waded through the document, I was pleased to see the recognition that current disability funding (including in the ACT) is inadequate, inconsistently applied and in desperate need of reform.
The proposed solution is a national scheme to be funded through what is essentially a tax levy.
Anyone who has a disability or who knows someone with a disability with probably not baulk at this, but I am interested in the views of Rioters with no experience of disability or links to the disability sector.
Would you be prepared to stump up some extra taxes to ensure that people with disability can access the level of care they need to maximise their quality of life?
Or is this something which individuals and families should be expected to fund, with some supplementation from the government coffers or through some other model?
Note that this is not about income support, so not comparable to a pension scheme.
It is purely for funding the services required when one lives with disability.
The best comparison would be the Medicare system.