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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 100


Senator NETTLE (3:58 PM) —I move:

   That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 June 2005:

(a)   the extent to which the private health insurance rebate has influenced private health insurance membership rates;

(b)   the impact of the private health insurance rebate on public hospital workloads;

(c)   the impact of the private health insurance rebate on medical, nursing and allied health professionals, in particular, whether there has been a shift of personnel from public to private sectors, and, if so, the extent and impact on provision of public hospital services;

(d)   the implications for the Commonwealth budget of continuing the private health insurance rebate given that insurance premiums are increasing at a higher rate than the Consumer Price Index;

(e)   the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and

(f)   any related matters.

Question put.