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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2437

Mr FitzPATRICK - Can the Minister for Health assure the House that the annual report of the Health Insurance Commission for 1975-76, covering the first year of Medibank's operation as a comprehensive health insurance scheme, will be tabled before the end of this session? Also, will the Minister assure the House that the annual report will contain a wide range of statistics to provide a basis for research into trends in delivery, use and cost of health services in Australia as foreshadowed in the first annual report of the Commission?

Mr HUNT - It is not the function of the Minister to direct the Health Insurance Commission how it shall publish its report. I assure the honourable member that as soon as the report is published and is available for tabling in this Parliament I will table it. I expect that the Health Insurance Commission will honour the undertaking that it gave in the previous report, but that will be a matter for the Commission. It is not a matter on which I would direct the Commission.

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