Personalisation schemes and associated markets for social care have been a growing trend in industrialised countries over recent decades. While there is no single approach to marketisation of social care and personalisation, often funds are devolved to clients of care services to be used to purchase services directly from market. Such arrangements are vulnerable to market failures and ‘thin’ markets, causing the need for stewardship of the social care markets. We present findings from a 2018 survey of 626 care service providers in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme market on their experience of market conditions. Over 46% of respondents listed ‘addressing pricing’ as their top action for addressing market problems. Qualitative findings show that central price setting is detached from service delivery realities, affecting service quality and capability building potential. We argue that devolution of price setting to, or at least flexibility and discretion at, the local level is likely to be a key to solving pricing dilemmas in personalisation schemes.
SOURCE: Carey G, Malbon E, Weier M, Dickinson H, and Duff G. “Making markets work for disability services: The question of price setting” Health & Social Care in the Community, 18 June 2019.
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