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Monday, 27 September 1999
Page: 8976

Senator BROWN (9:16 PM) —Yes, but we are talking about two different things there. The minister is using gross figures for a service that is costing more and more each year because of the increased use by Australians of those services and I am using percentages. However, the minister is saying that nursing homes have never had it so good and that they are receiving increased amounts, including those in Tasmania. My correspondent says that coalescence will cost a 45-bed nursing home an average of $82,125 per year. You would need to make up a fair deal to put that at a positive. Has the minister factored in the coalescence factor as far as Tasmanian nursing homes are concerned?