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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6039


Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

(1) What advice is provided to Gold Card holders about the availability of after-hours services in their locality.

(2) How many local medical officers (LMOs) provide an after-hours or home visit service to Gold Card holders.

(3) What obligation is there for LMOs to provide an after-hours service to Gold Card holders.

(4) What arrangements, if any, exist with after-hours clinics for the acceptance of Gold Cards.

(5) For each month in 2002, to date, how many Gold Card holders, by state, have received treatment from public hospitals.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Local Medical Officers (LMOs) advise Gold Cardholders of after hours services in their local area as part of their practice arrangements.

(2) and (3)The LMO registration criteria states that providers should provide the full range of general practitioner services including home visits and after hours health care arrangements. In some cases this is arranged through a locum service.

(4) The Department of Veterans' Affairs has no arrangements with after-hours clinics for the acceptance of the Gold Card. However, it is open for registered LMOs who provide service in after-hours clinics to accept the Gold Card.

(5) Data for the first six months of 2002 is available for Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales and is detailed below. Please note the data is yet to be checked for veteran eligibility by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the data is subject to change by both the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the supplying State or Territory Health Department.

Data from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia/Northern Territory and Tasmania is still to be provided by the relevant State or Territory Health Departments.

Victoria

Month

Jan-02

Feb-02

Mar-02

Apr-02

May-02

Jun-02

Totals

No of Gold Card separations

2088

2049

2232

2142

2575

2526

13612

Australian Capital Territory

Month

Jan-02

Feb-02

Mar-02

Apr-02

May-02

Jun-02

Totals

No of Gold Card separations

113

103

106

123

94

99

638

New South Wales

Month

Jan-02

Feb-02

Mar-02

Apr-02

May-02

Jun-02

Totals

No of Gold Card separations

4142

4260

4274

4276

4933

4474

26359