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Thursday, 16 May 2013
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

(Question No. 1370)

Ms O'Dwyer asked the Minister for Health, in writing, on 13 March 2013:

In respect of the Government's decision to remove from the 2012-13 Budget, funding for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) of non-diabetic, chronic wounds, (a) is it a fact that the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) misinterpreted the Hammarlund, C and Sundberg, T (1994), as indicated in submissions to the recent Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee Medicare funding for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Inquiry (and Dr Hammarlund and Professor Deeble), (b) will she, as a result of the Committee's conclusion (paragraph 2.77), revisit the Government's decision to remove funding for HBOT, (c) what is the Government's position on the Committee's conclusion (paragraph 2.78), that there is some likelihood that the costs from cutting the HBOT treatment option for non-diabetic wound patients may exceed any savings achieved, and (d) has the Government's response to the Committee's report been presented; if not, why not.

Ms Plibersek: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) No.

(b to d) The Government response to the Report is currently under consideration.