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Thursday, 3 December 1959

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The understanding of the Department of Health has been that the tuberculosis agreement between the Commonwealth and the States applies to Australian citizens. In this particular instance, the patient to whom the honorable gentleman refers was treated in hospital for tuberculosis and, in the ordinary interpretation of the state of affairs, the department considered that the charge should be met by his sponsor as it was not covered, in the department's view at any rate, by the agreement. When the full circumstances of the case were made known, I readily agreed with my colleague, the Minister for External Affairs, that the charge should not be made.

The question of insurance is one which has not yet received attention.

Mr Haworth - Will it?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - It could be examined.

Mr Haworth - It is done in other parts of the world.

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I do not know what is done in other parts of the world. The question, of course, would be who would pay the insurance premiums, and who would do the insuring.

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