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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr Galvin n asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   How many applications for the payment of Special Account Hospital Fund Benefit in nonrecognized hospitals were received during the year 1960?

2.   How many applications were (a) approved and (b) rejected?

3.   What were the principal reasons for the rejection of applications?

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

1.   711 applications were received by the Department of Health during the year 1960.

2.   443 approved in full, 31 approved in part, 237 not approved.

3.   Applications were rejected only where the conditions prescribed by the National Health Act were not satisfied. The requirements are -

(a)   that the contributor was suffering from an illness or injury requiring treatment of the kind provided in recognized hospitals, and

(b)   that the treatment provided was a standard substantially equivalent to the standard of treatment he would have received in a recognized hospital.

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