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Tuesday, 9 November 1976

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(iii)   anaesthetics, (iv) pathology services, (v) radiological services and (vi) operations.

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

What was the total value of medical claims paid by Medibank in each State in each of the months of September and November 1975 and January and March 1976, and what was the expenditure in each State in the same months under the following headings in respect of (a) specialists and (b) general practitioners for (i) attendances, (ii) obstetrics,

The information sought is not available in the form requested by the honourable member. I have however set out below details of payments by Medibank for the categories of services specified in respect of the half year ending December 1975 and for each of the March and June 1976 quarters.




1.   An additional $2. 67m were paid in benefits to Medical Practitioners who, at the time the statistical analysis was conducted, could not be uniquely classified as General Practitioner or Specialist.

2.   Minor arithmetical errors are due to rounding.

3.   Figures for all Northern Territory are included in all figures for South Australia.

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