Too much is spent on older people’s healthcare and too little on their social care, MPs are told

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8015
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The present system for funding social care of adults is unsustainable and “nuts,” and far too much is spent on healthcare, the man who led a high profile inquiry into care has told MPs.

The respected economist Andrew Dilnot, chairman of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support—the body that recently reviewed the funding system for care and support in England—emphasised that the current system was in dire need of an overhaul when he appeared before the parliamentary health select committee on 6 December.

The Dilnot inquiry, which reported in July (BMJ 2011;343:d4261, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4261), recommended a cap on individuals’ personal contributions to the costs of social care of around £35 000 (€41 000; $55 000) …

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