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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 99

(Question No. 4945)

Mr Maher asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 26 November 1986:

Are bone marrow transplants, when performed in private hospitals on privately insured patients, funded under Medicare.

Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Since 1 January 1986 Medicare benefits are payable for bone marrow transplants when performed on privately insured patients in private (or public) hospitals under the following items listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule:

Item 939-Harvesting of homologous (including allogeneic) bone marrow for the purpose of transplantation. Schedule fee: $182.00.

Item 944-Administration of blood or bone marrow already collected. Schedule fee: $45.50.

Collection of bone marrow from a person for the purpose of re-infusion at a later time (i.e. autologous harvesting) does not attract benefits under item 939.