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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Requests bv the Senate for Amendments consequent upon consideration of message No. 51 of the House of Representatives

No. 1 - Page 12, after clause 20, insert the following new clauses: 20a. The heading to Division 3 of Part V. of the Principal Act is amended by inserting before the words "Insured Patients" the word "Certain". 20b. Section 47 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub-section (2.) and inserting in its stead the following sub-section: - "(2.) Commonwealth benefit under this Division in respect of any day is not payable to the organization unless and until the organization has paid to the contributor, or to the proprietor on behalf of the contributor, otherwise than by way of hospital fund benefit, an amount equal to the amount of Commonwealth benefit.". 20c. Section 49 of the Principal Act is amended by adding at the end thereof the words "or under Division 4a of this Part".'.

No. 2 - Page 12, after clause 21, insert the following new clauses: 21a. The heading to Division 4 of Part V. of the Principal Act is repealed and the following heading inserted in its stead: - "Division 4. - Certain Uninsured Patients, and Pensioners, in Approved Hospitals.". 21b. Section 53 of the Principal Act is amended -

(a)   by adding at the end of sub-section (2.) the words "or under Division 4a of this Part";

(b)   by omitting from paragraph (b) of subsection (3.) the word "or"; and

(c)   by omitting paragraph (c) of sub-section (3.). 21c. After Division 4 of Part V. of the Principal Act the following Division is inserted: - "Division 4a. - Patients treated without Charge in Approved Hospitals. "55a. Subject to this Part, where the proprietor of an approved hospital certifies in the authorized form that no fees were charged in respect of some or all of the qualified hospital patients in that hospital during a specified period, there is payable to the proprietor of that hospital, in respect of each patient to whom the certificate relates, Commonwealth benefit of Two dollars for each day on which the patient was a qualified hospital patient in that hospital during that period. "55b. A Commonwealth benefit under this Division is not payable in respect of a qualified hospital patient for any day for which Commonwealth benefit is payable in respect of that patient under section fifty-four of this Act.".'.







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