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■PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR RALPH HUNT . MEETING WITH PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE FUNDS .The M in is te r f o r H e a lth , Mr R alph H unt, and s e n io r o f f i c e r s o f th e D epartm ent o f H e a lth met r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s of th e v o lu n ta ry h e a l t h in s u ra n c e funds i n C an b erra to d a y f o r i n i t i a l d i s ­c u s s io n o f m ethods f o r Im plem enting th e h e a lth in s u ra n c e arran g em en ts announced i n th e Budget speech o f August 15·A J o i n t Working P a r ty o f r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f th e funds and th e D epartm ent was e s ta b li s h e d t o work c o - o p e r a tiv e ly f o r th e in tr o d u c tio n o f th e new h e a lth In su ra n c e arran g em en ts from November 1 w ith th e minimum in c o n v e n ie n c e to p a t i e n t s and c o n t r i b u t o r s .The M in is te r s a id th e i n i t i a l d is c u s s io n s had been v ery c o n s t r u c t i v e , and he ex p e cte d agreem ent on m ajor p o in ts o f co­o p e r a tio n w ith in th e tim e ta b le up to November 1 .M a tte rs d is c u s s e d a t to d a y 's t a l k s in c lu d e d :. . th e m ethods by w hich th e v o lu n ta ry fun d s woulda c t f o r th e Commonwealth i n th e payment o f th e. new u n iv e r s a l Commonwealth b e n e f i t ;· th e r e g i s t r a t i o n w ith th e funds o f p eo p le to r e ­c e iv e th e Commonwealth b e n e f i t ;· s e r v ic e c h a rg e s ;· a new s ta n d a rd m e d ic a l b e n e f i t s t a b l e f o r p r i v a t e m e d ic a l in s u ra n c e ; and· a d v ic e t o e x i s t i n g fund c o n t r i b u t o r s .On th e m a tte r o f r e g i s t r a t i o n , Mr Hunt s a i d , a l l had a g re e d t h a t th e r e was a need f o r r e g i s t r a t i o n and th a t t h i s could be done as e a r l y a s p r a c t i c a b l e . COMMONWEALTH

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The M in is te r a l s o r e q u e s te d th e v o lu n ta ry fun d s

t o s y m p a th e tic a lly c o n s id e r m eeting t h e i r e x t r a s t a f f needs under

th e new arran g em en ts by em ploying H e a lth In su ra n c e Commission em­

p lo y e e s who m ight be d is p l a c e d . .

! Mr Hunt s a id d e t a i l s o f th e o p e r a tio n o f th e new

arran g em en ts i n c o - o p e r a tio n w ith th e v o lu n ta ry h e a lth In su ra n c e

funds would be announced as n e g o tia tio n s were c om pleted.

He ex p ected t h i s would be p o s s ib le w ith in a re a s

onably s h o r t p e r io d .

CANBERRA, 21 August 19?8