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Tuesday, 25 November 2003
Page: 22718


Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) (3:08 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.


The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.


Mr ABBOTT —Earlier today the member for Shortland asked me a question about someone in her electorate receiving radiation treatment for cancer. This is one of the reasons why we need the safety net. I can inform the House that in the last financial year in New South Wales the bulk-billing rate for radiation therapy was only 10.9 per cent. I can also inform the member for Shortland that in 1995-96 the bulk-billing rate for radiation therapy was only 5.7 per cent.