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The shifting cost of care: early discharge for rehabilitation.

Authors
  • Dow, Briony
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Publication Date
Dec 13, 2004
Volume
28
Issue
3
Pages
260–265
Identifiers
PMID: 15595907
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article tells the stories of two family carers, each of whom is caring for someone who has been discharged early from hospital to have their rehabilitation at home. These stories illustrate the personal impact of early discharge for rehabilitation. The article argues that through its policy of early discharge from hospital, the state has shifted care from hospital to home, resulting in the work of caring and its associated costs being rendered invisible. This is possible because the prevailing ideology on both sides of politics is that individuals -- rather than the state -- should be responsible for their own and their family's well-being.

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