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Notice given 9 December 2005

1448  Senator Humphries: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the registration of podiatric surgeons for the purpose of rebates under the Health Insurance Act 1973 :

(1) What steps has the department taken to ensure that all health funds, especially the Hospital Benefits Association and the Medical Benefits Fund, observe the requirements of the relevant legislation to provide benefit coverage, so that those patients who choose a podiatric surgeon, as opposed to say an orthopaedic surgeon, are not disadvantaged in terms of hospital benefits recovered.

(2) What has the department done this financial year to ensure that all funds understand their obligations in this regard.