“Why Home Care Costs Too Much,” by Paul Osterman, Wall Street Journal
“There are two million home health aides in the U.S. They spend more time with the elderly and disabled than anyone else, and their skills are essential to their clients’ quality of life. Yet these aides are poorly trained, and their national median wage is only a smidgen more than $10 an hour. The reason? State regulations—in particular, Nurse Practice Acts—require registered nurses to perform even routine home-care tasks like administering eyedrops.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Over-regulation is a problem, but as a cause of high home care costs and low caregiver compensation, it pales in comparison with the excessive dependency on Medicaid and the lack of market competition.
Reminder: The Wall Street Journal is gated.