Scottish authorities may be forced to scrap universal free elderly health care due to spiraling costs. A recent report by Scottish Parliament found that free elderly health care had risen to £358m a year. Care for those who paid to be in residential care rose above £100m a year, while in home care almost doubled to £257m.
The Scottish service helps 50,000 of the most vulnerable elderly people. Spending cuts mean the policy may have to become means-tested as a result of spiraling costs, which rose overall by 11 per cent in 2009. The authorities are questioning whether the policy in the medium and longer term is viable.