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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr L R Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What is the average fee charged by doctors in each State for (a) surgery consultations and (b) home visits?

2.   What is the average return to patients in each State by way of (a) Commonwealth benefit and (b) fund benefit in respect of each of these average fees?

Dr Forbes - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Information concerning the average fee charged by doctors is not available. The most common fees charged by general practitioners in each State are -


Higher fees are usually charged for " out-of-hours *' consultations and visits. 2. (a) The Commonwealth benefit payable for a general practitioner consultation or visit is 80c. in all States.

(b)   The fund benefit payable for such services varies according to the table benefit to which the patient contributes. No figures are available as to the average fund benefit payable. However, the fund benefit payable under the most popular table in each State is -


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