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28 June 2012

* 1118  MR DUTTON: To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the introduction of the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme), (a) were any changes to the Scheme undertaken as a result of the evaluation of Phase 1; if so, what were these changes, and (b) will her department undertake an evaluation of Phase 2 of the Scheme; if so, (i) what will be considered as part of the review, (ii) will the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists be consulted as part of the evaluation, (iii) will the evaluation consider the cost impact of the Scheme on small and single practitioner non-radiology practices, (iv) will the evaluation include a review of the impact on clinical outcomes of the Scheme in small and single practitioner non-radiology practices, (v) has there been, or will there be, as part of the evaluation, consideration of the exclusion of non-referred Medical Benefits Scheme items from the Scheme, (vi) when will the evaluation commence, and (vii) on what date will the findings of the evaluation of Phase 2 be released.

* 1119  MS O'DWYER: To ask the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation—In respect of the decision made by the Australian Taxation Office regarding the Excess Contributions Tax ruling against Mr Neville Kleinert of Ormond, will he review the decision made by the Australian Taxation Office, or instruct the Australian Taxation Office, to review the decision; if not, why not.

* 1120  MS O'DWYER: To ask the Minister for Health—

(1) In respect of applications made to the Department of Health and Ageing for an exemption under section 19AB(3) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 , in the last twelve months (a) how many have been made, (b) how many have been approved, and (c) how much time, on average, has it taken to assess an application.

(2)  On what basis was the conclusion reached that ‘migration’, for the purposes of clause 5.6 of the Health Insurance Act Section 19AB Guidelines , did not refer to the movement of persons from one country to another.

(3) Does she, or her delegate, seek legal advice when considering an application under section 19AB(3) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

(4) Does she, or her delegate, seek legal advice when applying clause 5.6 of the Health Insurance Act Section 19AB Guidelines to an application under section 19AB(3) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 ; if not, why not.

(5) Has she, or her delegate, ever sought legal advice on the meaning of the word ‘migration’ in clause 5.6 of the Health Insurance Act Section 19AB Guidelines .

(6) Has she, or her delegate, ever discussed with the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, application of the Health Insurance Act Section 19AB Guidelines ; if not, why not.

(7) Is it a fact that section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 operates to grant spouses of those on the Skilled Occupation List more favourable employment opportunities if their partner is a foreign citizen migrating to Australia, as opposed to an expatriate returning to Australia; if so, why.

(8) Can she c onfirm whether the Government intends to amend elements of the Health Insurance Act Section 19AB Guidelines .

 

 
 
 

B. C. WRIGHT

Clerk of the House of Representatives