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Prisoner medical service - new doctors' fees



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STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH,

______________ MR. R.W. SWARTZ______________________

. PENSIONER MEDICAL,SERVICE - NEW DOCTORS' FEES ‘

The Minister for Health, Mr. R.W. Sv/artz, announced to-day that

the Australian Medical Association had advised him that new rates of

doctors1 fees for the treatment of Pensioner Medical Service patients

had been accepted by the A.M.A.

The new rates are 16/- for a surgery attendance (previously 12/-)

and 20/- for a home visit (previously 14/-) · The increased fees will apply

for a period of two years from May 1, 1965·

. Mr. Swartz said that negotiations about fees for the treatment

of Pensioner Medical Service patients had been held over the past 12 months.

Finally, the Government, after considering an A.M.A. request, had made, the

offer for these new rates and the Federal Assembly of the Association

had accepted'it.

Mr. Swartz said the fees accepted by doctors for the treatment

of Pensioner Medical Service patients were substantially lower than the

fees charged to private patients. The Government appreciated the co-operation

of doctors throughout Australia in providing a high standard general practitioner

service for pensioner patients at concessional rates. He had no doubt that the '

pensioners themselves and the whole of the Australian community regarded the

Pensioner Medical Service as one of the most valuable facets of the National

Health Scheme.

A total of 847,000 pensioners and their dependants now receive

free medical attention under the Pensioner Medical Scheme, free public ward

hospital treatment and free pharmaceutical benefits. At present 5>900

doctors are enrolled in the service. In 1952, the first full year of operation!

of the service, 5 0 1 > 000 pensioners and their dependants were cared for by

3,500 doctors.

The doctors’ fees for treating pensioners under the scheme were last

increased in 1962. .

CANBERRA

Friday 11, 1965.