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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1595


Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Minister furnish details of the number of (a) town and (b) conn i ry branches operated by each of the two biggest open health insurance funds operating in each of the States.

(2)   Has' there been any (a) reduction or (b) increase in the number of these branches in each State in each of the last 5 years; if so, what are the details.

(3)   Were these changes made at the request of the Government

(4)   What was the total amount spent on advertising in all forms by (a) all funds and (b) the two biggest open funds, in each State in each of the last 5 years.

(5)   What were these amounts expressed as percentages of operating costs.

(6)   What were the operating costs in aggregate and as a percentage of contributions.

(7)   What amounts were provided as agents commissions by (a) all funds and (b) the two big-, gest open funds, in each State in each of the last 5 years, and what were these amounts expressed as a percentage of operating costs.


Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The number of (a) town (metropolitan area) and (b) country branches operated by each of the two biggest open health insurance funds operating in each of the States, is shown below together with details of reductions and increases in the number of these branches in each of the last 5 years:

 

(3)   The Government has not given organisationsHowever, organisations are expected to keep tions directions in regard to their branch offices, overall expenses to reasonable levels. (4), (5), (6) and (7) The information sought is shown below for the 4 years 1966-67 to 1969-70.

The details in respect of the 1970-71 period are not yet available.







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