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Increased fees for optometrical consultation benefits



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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M J. R. MACKELLAR ·

INCREASED FEES FOR OPTOMETRICAL

CONSULTATION BENEFITS

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

announced today that schedule fees on which benefits are

based for optometrical consultations would rise from

1 January 1982.

$26-50

$13-40

$134-00

The new fees had been decided upon by the Government

after negotiation with the Australian Optometrical Associa­

tion. They will replace the current fees, which came into

effect on 1 January 1981.

Mr MacKellar said that the new fees would not result

in increased contribution rates to medical insurance funds.

This is because the funds had been asked to make provision

for an expected increase in fees when establishing their

new contribution rates which came into effect on 1 September

this year.

Details of the new fees are:

Initial consultations

Second and subsequent consultations

Contact lenses - bulk item

CANBERRA: 22 December 1981