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Funding long term care for older people

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:238

Funding is to do with politics, not health care

  1. David Stern, general practitioner (
  1. The Manor Surgery, Headington, Oxford OX3 9BP
  2. University of Nottingham, Kenninghall, Norfolk NR16 2EN

    EDITOR—What on earth has induced the presidents of the three royal colleges and the British Geriatric Society to involve themselves in the dispute over the funding of long term care, which is not a healthcare issue at all but a wholly political one?1

    The issue concerns those people in possession of financial and property assets valued in excess of £10 000 who by reason of illness and infirmity become unable to sustain themselves in their homes, which they usually own, and are therefore obliged to enter residential or nursing care. They lose the benefit and enjoyment of their homes and assets because of their illness and infirmity, and this distress cannot be alleviated no matter who pays for their care.

    Let us be clear about this: were the state (or taxpayer) to succumb to this orchestrated campaign to fund …

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