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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Collard d asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What was the number of medical and hospital benefit organisations registered under the National Health Act during (a) each of the first two years after the benefit scheme came into operation and (b) each of the past two years -

2.   During each of the years referred to above what were the (a) total receipts of the funds,

(b)   total amounts paid out in fund benefits,

(c)   total operating costs of the funds and (d) total reserves of the funds?

Dr Forbes s. - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows -

The Commonwealth Hospital Benefits Scheme commenced operation on 1st January 1952 and the Medical Benefits Scheme on 1st July 1953. The following information in reply to the honorable member's question is in respect of the first two full financial years of operation in each case; that is, for 1952-53 and 1953-54 in the case of the registered hospital benefit organisations and 1953-54 and 1954-55 in the case of the registered medical benefit organisations. For both schemes, the last two full years of operation are 1963-64 and 1964-65; however, the figures for 1964-65 are subject to final revision.


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