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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Neil asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the fees charged by nursing homes, can he say why the fees for the Annandale Nursing Home have risen from $80.89 to $ 1 65 in the space of a few months.

(2   ) Is another rise expected next week.

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

(   1 ) and (2) The current fee applying in Annandale Nursing Home is $125.72 a week. This fee became effective from 15 November 1976. The only increase in the home's fee in the previous 4 months was on 1 5 October 1 976 when the fee rose by $3. 1 5 a week to $ 123.20 a week.

Fees charged in a nursing home are increased after the proprietor has applied to my Department and demonstrated that the cost of operating the nursing home has risen. Any increase in fees is based on the increase in cost. This procedure was followed in the case of Annandale Nursing Home.

Because of its concern about the widening gap between nursing home fees and benefits the Government proposes to increase the rates of nursing home benefits by $14 a week from 15 December 1976 as an interim measure while the

Committee on Care of the Aged and the Infirm completes its deliberations.

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