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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6314


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

(1) How many White Cardholders are: (a) Australian veterans; (b) Commonwealth and allied ex-servicemen; and (c) serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

(2) What sums have been reimbursed by: (a) the Government of the United Kingdom; and (b) other governments, for White Card health services in each of the past 3 years.

(3) For ADF personnel with White Cards, what arrangements are in place between the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Defence for the payment of medical costs resulting from overseas service covered by the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.


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

(1) As at 29 June 2002, the number of White Card holders who are:

(a) Australian veterans is 51,132.

(b) Commonwealth and allied ex-servicemen is 8,133.

(c) Serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel: Current serving members of the ADF with conditions accepted under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 are issued with White Cards for treatment of those accepted conditions. The Department of Veterans' Affairs database does not differentiate between serving ADF members and former members.

(2) The following table represents total reimbursements for treatment and Pharmaceutical items for the last three years.

TREATMENT

UK

OTHER

TOTAL

1999/2000

$2,424,050

$649,719

$3,073,769

2000/2001

$2,269,329

$332,552

$2,601,881

2001/2002

$3,350,439

$343,222

$3,693,661

PHARMACEUTICAL

UK

OTHER

TOTAL

1999/2000

$1,374,314

$246,534

$1,620,847

2000/2001

$1,686,746

$173,351

$1,860,097

2001/2002

$2,322,872

$279,652

$2,602,524

(3) Where services are received by ADF personnel using their White Card for an accepted disability, the Department of Veterans' Affairs meets the full costs.