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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1594


Mr Keating (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister- representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many occupied nursing home beds are at present attracting the $2 per day nursing home benefit in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) each of the States.

(2)   What are these figures expressed as a percentage of the total number of nursing home beds in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) each of the States.

(3)   How many occupied nursing home beds are at present attracting the S3 per day, intensive care subsidy in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) each of the States.

(4)   What are these figures expressed as a percentage of the total number of nursing home beds in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) each of the States.


Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: (1). (2), (3) and (4) Nursing home benefits are not payable according to bed classification but according to the classification of individual patients as requiring 'ordinary care' (in which case the rate of benefit is $2 a day) or 'intensive care' (in which case the total rate of benefit is S5 a day). The number of patients in each classification varies continually.

However, in respect of nursing home benefits paid during the quarter ended 31st March 1971, the following figures provide a general indication of bed occupancy rates:

 







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