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QI have a query regarding the means-tested care fee for residential care. On the My Aged Care website it states that the amount a person needs to pay will depend on their financial situation, as well as the cost of their care. How does the government determine the cost of a person's care?
AThe cost of care is the amount of funding the facility would receive from the government. The facility cannot get more from the resident than they would from the government. For example, if the calculated means-tested care fee was $200 a day but the amount of funding the facility was going to get from the government was $100 a day, then the means-tested care fee would be capped at $100. The cost of care is based on the person’s needs.