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Monday, 29 March 1999
Page: 4611


Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Health and Aged Care) (6:15 PM) —I have to answer that because that is complete rubbish. If a public patient wants to be treated in a private hospital now they are up for $450 for the bed plus the doctor's fee and any fees that may be paid by way of theatre fees or other fees. The fact is that they rarely do that; they go into public hospitals. This will still be provided in public hospitals. For you to say that there will be a $200 fee is absolute and utter rubbish.

Question put:

That the requested amendment be not made.

The House divided. [6.20 p.m.]

(Mr Deputy Speaker—Mr F.W. Mossfield)

Ayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Noes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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Majority . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 6.25 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.