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Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare and Private Health Insurance) Bill 2003


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Portfolio
Health and Ageing

Summary

Amends the: Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953 and Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998 to enable registered private health funds to offer insurance plans to cover all out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-hospital Medicare rebatable services in excess of $1 000 in a calendar year; and Health Insurance Act 1973 to establish a new safety-net for concession card holders to cover 80 per cent of out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-hospital Medicare rebatable costs which have exceeded $500 in a calendar year; and provide for the introduction of an electronic direct billing option (whereby patients assign their Medicare rebate to their doctor and pay only the gap amount to the doctor), to be available to general practitioners who participate in the General Practice Access Scheme. Also contains application provisions.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28/05/03  
Second reading moved 28/05/03  
Second reading agreed to 16/06/03  
Third reading agreed to 16/06/03  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17/06/03  
Second reading moved 17/06/03  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 16/11/04  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory Memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes