Dementia patients 'face unfair care tax'

Ronny Lavie By Ronny Lavie , source

Dementia patients in the UK face a "care tax" because they are left to sort out much of the care they need themselves, experts say.

The Alzheimer's Society found that on average, the equivalent of £32,242 a year was spent on care per patient.

But the researchers said on average only a third - £10,784 - came from NHS or council funds, leaving a shortfall.

The charity said it was unfair as those with cancer or heart problems got their care free on the NHS.

The research - carried out by the London School of Economics and Kings College London - was carried out to update figures compiled by the charity in 2007.

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