The Scottish government is being asked to re-examine Scotland's free personal care policy as it may be too expensive to maintain.
A Scottish Government initiative looking at paying for the elderly population has found health experts and local government officials are warning ministers the policy can no longer be paid for. There is also a growing belief that alternative methods of funding the policy such as introducing an insurance scheme must at least be explored to ensure people are looked after properly in old age.
The Scottish government's "Reshaping Care" initiative concluded that free personal care is no longer affordable and that a UK-wide insurance scheme should be considered.
Long term care: News update: 16 June 2010