LASA has collated survey information provided by LASA Members in response to the Department of Health’s recently issued Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Consultation Paper. Thank you to all those LASA Members who completed the survey.

The diversity of opinion and nature of responses by LASA Members demonstrates the level of concern industry has in regards to the opportunities and risks for both consumers and providers that need to be accounted for in the Department’s proposal for improving the transparency and comparability of pricing information using a standardised pricing schedule.

LASA has submitted this information in a Consultation Report to the Department of Health and has since participated in a high level consultation meeting with the Department that was attended by a range of provider and consumer peaks, along with StewartBrown who have been contracted to provide consulting support to the Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Project. Both the Department and each meeting participant also undertook consultations, with discussion of the consultation findings at this meeting.

The Department advised at the meeting that there is broad support for the intent of increasing price transparency and comparability for consumers and the consultative feedback that has been provided details a range of views on pertinent elements within the proposal that will need careful consideration.

The Department has also indicated that the final decision for improving the transparency and comparability of pricing information using a standardised pricing schedule, along with the timeframe and support for implementation, rests with Government. The Department will provide advice to the Minister, noting Government needs to make a decision quickly to support industry changes and education that will need to occur consistent with advice that has been provided to the sector by the Minister.