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Thursday, 26 May 1983
Page: 1106

Question No. 1


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

What was the average subsidy paid per bed during 1981-82 for nursing home patients in (a) private gain, (b) voluntary non-profit, (c) non-participating and (d) deficit financing nursing homes.


Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: Nursing homes approved under the National Health Act for the payment of nursing home benefits are identified as participating nursing homes which include private gain and some voluntary non-profit homes. The benefit payments to the private gain and the voluntary non-profit homes cannot be separately identified under current program administration.

Nursing homes approved under the Nursing Homes Assistance Act for the payment of their approved operating deficits also include voluntary non-profit homes as well as those run by local government bodies.

The term 'non-participating' nursing homes has been taken to mean State Government nursing homes in that it excludes deficit financed and participating nursing homes.

The average subsidies paid per bed during 1981-82 for nursing home patients were as follows:

Participating

Nursing homes- Non- Deficit

private gain participating financed

and voluntary (government) (non-profit)

non-profit nursing homes nursing homes(1)

$ $ $ New South Wales 8 209 7 995 10 545 Victoria 12 317 12 426 14 115 Queensland 7 760 7 795 10 355 South Australia 10 559 11 020 12 591 Western Australia 7 214 7 813 12 144 Tasmania 8 089 8 286 10 315

(1) These figures include small amounts paid for non-nursing home patients using approved services in deficit financed homes.