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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3041


Mr Graham (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

What are the details of increases in hospital and medical charges for patients during the financial years 1969-70, 1970-71, and 1971-72, and during the 9 months period ended 31 March 1973.

MrHayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following changes have occurred in public hospital daily charges during the financial years 1969-70, 1970-71 and 1971-72, and during the 9 months to 31 March 1973.

 

 

(a)   No accommodation provided at these levels.

(b)   Plus approved specified 'extras' as per Schedule of Public Hospital Inpatient Fees.

Note: All States and Territories now have all-inclusive fees in public hospitals.

Private hospitals do not generally operate on a common fee structure within a State. Accordingly, rates of fees vary between hospitals and are increased at the discretion of each hospital and not necessarily in unison with other hospitals. The Department is not generally notified of changes in private hospital fees.

Medical charges - Increases since June 1969

Prior to the introduction of the most common fee concept in July 1970, the Australian Medical Association established the fees most commonly charged by medical practitioners in the later part of 1969. These fees were advised to the Government of the day and as such were accepted as a reasonable basis for the determination of benefits under the Medical Benefits Scheme. Except for general practitioner surgery consultations and home visits and eleven specifically related but minor items, and for a limited number of items investigated by the Medical Benefits Schedule Advisory Committee, there has been no general review of medical fees for services listed in the Medical Benefits Schedule since they were first established in 1969.

The fees commonly charged or recommended to members by the State Branches or Local Associations of the Australian Medical Association in 1969-70, and the most common fees applicable since then are shown below:

 







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