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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) Do health maintenance organisations in the United States of America generally use their own hospitals rather than community hospitals.

(2)   If so, does this reduce the likely effectiveness of health maintenance organisations in Australia.

(3)   What are the proposed hospital arrangements for the Wollongong health maintenance organisation project.

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

(1)   The longer-established Health Maintenance Organisations in the United States of America, such as the Kaiser Foundation based on the West Coast, generally provide care to subscribers in their own hospitals. These hospitals are also usually available for the care of non-subscribers on a feeforservice basis, and accept emergency cases. Many HMO's, however, do use community hospitals.

(2)   No. In order to qualify under the health insurance arrangements as an 'approved' organisation and thus to remove the requirement of subscribers to pay the Medibank levy, a health maintenance organisation will have to provide all services currently available to persons covered by Medibank. Where the health maintenance organisation does not possess its own facilities (such as hospitals) it must either contract out for their provision or make equivalent alternative arrangements. (3)I have not received, nor am I aware of any concrete submission for a health maintenance organisation project for Wollongong.

Qantas Flights: Sydney to Tokyo (Question No. 1513)

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for

Transport, upon notice:

How many (a) first class and (b) economy class passengers travelled on the Sydney to Tokyo Qantas flight on each day between 7 June and 2 1 June 1976.

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

The number of passengers who travelled on the Sydney to Tokyo Qantas flights on the following days were:


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