Do New Increases to Long-Term Care Home Fees Set Up Two-Tier System?

8 Jul

As they do every year on the same date, fees for subsidized long term care (nursing) homes in Ontario went up on July 1st. Also of note is that lower-income Ontarians, or those who did not save adequate amounts for their advanced senior years, may find themselves having to settle for older, possibly second-rate accommodations than their better-heeled counterparts.

The co-payment residents pay for accommodation in long term care (LTC) homes was increased just slightly to meet the rising costs of meals and accommodation.  The maximum charges also increased for residents admitted to “newer preferred accommodation beds”  on or after July 1st. “Preferred accommodation bed” is government speak for “nicer newer nursing homes”.  The premium charged for semi-private accommodation will increase by $1.00 from $9.00 to $10.00 a day. And the premium for private rooms will go up by $1.75 from $19.75 to $21.50 per day. If you want to know if higher rates apply to a specific home, click here for more information.

The new rates as set by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are as follows:

Daily Rate                                            Monthly Fee

Basic:                                                                                                       $56.14                                                   $1,707.59

Semi-Private

(newer bed admission on or after 7/13)                                  $66.14                                                  $2,011.76

(admission after 7/12/but before 7/13)                                  $65.14                                                 $1,981.34

(older beds or admission to newer bed before 7/12)          $64.14                                                 $1,950.93

Private

(newer bed admission on or after 7/13)                                    $77.64                                               $2,361.55

(admission after 7/12/but before 7/13)                                    $75.89                                               $2,308.32

(older beds or admission to newer bed before 7/12)            $74.14                                               $2,255.09

These fees are still a veritable bargain compared to the cost of privately-run nursing homes.  And there are subsidies for those individuals who need them. But the poorer among us may have to settle for poorer accommodations. Regardless of the state of the building, all families will be better off focusing their attention on the quality of care. In the long run, the quality of care is what will matter most.

What do you think?  Do two sets of subsidized nursing home fees, one for older homes and one for newer buildings, set us up for a two-tiered public system?

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One Response to “Do New Increases to Long-Term Care Home Fees Set Up Two-Tier System?”

  1. Janine Vincent July 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    When I read something like this my stomach churns. I am saving every cent I can as I do not know what the future holds with respect to my medical/housing requirements.

    Thanks for the post, Janine

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