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Thursday, 2 December 1976


Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Has any approval been given for any private medical and hospital fund to increase its fees from 1 October 1976.


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

Since 1 October 1976 all medical benefits funds have been required to provide basic medical benefits (i.e in general covering 85 per cent of Schedule fees) on the same basis as Standard Medibank. Before 1 October these benefits were provided to all persons by Medibank. For hospital benefits funds, since 1 October, increased benefits have been provided because of increases in hospital charges.

Because of the increased benefits paid by funds, approval has been given to funds to increase contribution rates from1 October.







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