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Wednesday, 13 May 1987
Page: 3139

(Question No. 4790)

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

(1) Has his Department undertaken any long term projections of the (a) likely growth in utilisation and (b) cost of medical services under Medicare; if so, what are those projections.

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

1. (a) and (b) Yes. Forward estimates were published by the Department of Finance in December 1986. My Department continues to review utilisation rates and consequent assumptions on expenditure, and makes adjustments to the parameter assumptions in the course of the Budgetary process, in the light of those reviews.