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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 977

(Question No. 4792)

Mr Porter asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 October 1986:

How many (a) general beneficiaries and (b) concessional health care card holders are estimated to benefit from the safety net arrangements under the revised Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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

It is estimated that 1,280,000 general beneficiaries and 220,000 concessional beneficiaries will qualify for free pharmaceutical benefits under the safety net arrangements in the first qualifying period which runs for fourteen months from 1 November 1986 to 31 December 1987.