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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 99

Question No. 187


Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

Are statistics available on nursing homes in the Electoral Division of Moore; if so, (a) how many are there, (b) where are they located, (c) how many beds are provided, (d) what level of subsidy is given, (e) how is any subsidy determined, (f) what annual financial statements are produced and (g) if financial statements are available, what profit or loss do these statements indicate for each of the years 1980 to 1982.


Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) There are 3 nursing homes in the electorate of Moore.

(b) & (c) Warwick Nursing Home-98 Ellersdale Avenue, Warwick, 6024-38 beds.

Italian Community Nursing Home-Cabrini Road, Marangaroo, 6064-40 beds.

Undercliffe Nursing Home-482 Great Eastern Highway, Greenmount, 6056-42 beds.

(d) Warwick and Undercliffe Nursing Homes are approved under the National Health Act which provides for the payment of Commonwealth benefits in respect of qualified patients accommodated therein. There are two types of benefits payable , namely:

(1) a basic benefit payable on behalf of all qualified patients; and

(2) an extensive care benefit payable on behalf of patients requiring and receiving extensive nursing care.

The maximum basic benefit payable in W.A. at present is $151.55 per week and the extensive care benefit is $42.00 per week

The Italian Community Nursing Home is approved under the Nursing Homes Assistance Act which provides for the Commonwealth to meet the approved operating deficits and approved asset replacements of nursing homes conducted by religious, charitable, other non-profit organisations and local Government bodies.

(e) Basic nursing home benefits payable under the National Health Act are reviewed each November. They are set at a level in each State which, together with a statutory minimum patient contribution, will cover fees charged for 70 per cent of beds in the State of non-government nursing homes approved under the National Health Act.

Commonwealth payments towards the operating costs of nursing homes approved under the Nursing Homes Assistance Act are determined having regard to the actual expenditure incurred by the nursing home.

(f) Proprietors of nursing homes approved under the National Health Act are required to lodge financial accounts showing income and expenditure for a financial year if they seek variations to the approved fees. Proprietors of nursing homes approved under the Nursing Homes Assistance Act are required to lodge audited accounts which show the operating receipts and operating payments for a financial year.

(g) This information is obtained on a confidential basis and it is considered that the question would be more appropriately directed to the proprietors of the respective nursing homes.