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Thursday, 17 November 1960


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Which are the ten largest hospital benefits organizations?

2.   What percentage of contributors to registered hospital benefits organizations contributes to each of these ten?

3.   What are the (a) reserves and (b) operating, expenses of each of these ten organizations?


Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1 and 2.

The Hospitals Contribution Fund of New South Wales - 29 per cent, of contributors.

The Hospital Benefits Association of Victoria' - 16 per cent of contributors.

The Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited - 11 per cent, of contributors.

The Mutual Hospital Association Limited - 6 per cent, of contributors.

The Hospital Benefits Fund of Western Australia - 6 per cent, of contributors.

National Health Services Association of South' Australia - 3 per cent, of contributors.

The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows in New South Wales - 2 per cent, of contributors.

The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows in Victoria - 2 per cent, of contributors.

Australian Natives Association, Vctoria - 1 per cent, of contributors.

Friendly Societies Health Services, Western Australia - 1 per cent, of contributors.

3.   This information is regarded as confidential in respect of individual organizations. However, the aggregate figures for the above organizations are -

(a)   £8,220,567 as at 30th June, 1960, to cover the contingent liability for benefits to 7,208,000 contributors and dependants;

(b)   £1,373,456 for financial year 1959-60.







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