A new report, commissioned from the London School of Economics and Kings College London, re-visits the issue of the so-called “dementia tax”. It exposes how dementia patients (with their families and carers) in the UK are often forced to pay what is in effect a “care tax”; whereas elderly NHS patients with physical health conditions such as cancer or heart disease are more likely to receive intensive long-term health and care without comparable charges.
Figures released by the Alzheimer’s Society indicate that the average costs of care per dementia patient are £32,242 per year, whereas only a third of this amount (roughly £10,784 per year) is covered by NHS or council funds.
The Department of Health has made serious efforts to arrange for a cap on the costs of care during recent years, but some significant remaining financial discrepancies / inequalities cannot be ignored.
Triggle, N. (2014). Dementia patients ‘face unfair care tax’. London: BBC Health News, September 10th 2014.
This relates to:
Dementia UK: Second edition. London: Alzheimer’s Society, September 8th 2014.
A further BBC News commentary:
Triggle, N. (2014). What is the NHS there for? London: BBC Health News, September 10th 2014.
Dementia Statistics In Brief
Possibly also of interest, a general statistical update:
Dementia 2014 infographic [text version]. London [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, 2014.
There is an infographical version too.
Possibly also of interest:
Alzheimer’s Society highlights cost of dementia diagnosis and treatment. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, September 10th 2014.
The total cost of dementia in the UK is estimated to be £26 billion. The current cost of dementia diagnosis and treatment is £4.3 billion to the NHS and £4.5 billion to local authorities. The contribution of unpaid family carers is estimated to be £11.6 billion.
July 2015 Update: Indefinite Prolongation of the Dementia Tax?
Triggle, N. (2015). Care costs cap delayed until 2020. London: BBC Health News, July 17th 2015.
Triggle, N. (2015). Is the cap on care costs doomed? London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2015.