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Monday, 22 September 2014
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ADF Family Health Program

(Question No. 283)

Ms Brodtmann asked the Assistant Minister for Defence, in writing, on 27 August 2014:

In respect of the National ADF Family Health Program, (a) how many families were registered as at 30 June 2014, and how many individuals were covered by these registrations, (b) what out of pocket health costs will be covered under the program, and (c) is the program exempt from proposed co-payments that will apply to some Medicare Benefits Schedule items.

Mr Robert: The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a) As at 30 June 2014 there were 13,896 ADF families who were registered for the National ADF Family Health Program with a total of 32,714 individual ADF dependants registered.

(b) The National ADF Family Health Program has two components as follows:

(i) The Medical component covers the gap between what the General Practitioner charges and the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) Rebate that the dependant receives. This component is for all MBS items provided in a general practice setting. There is no cap on the medical component.

(ii) The Allied Health and Specialist component provides $400 per dependant, per Financial Year towards a range of allied health vocational groups and / or to cover the gap between the practitioner fee and the MBS Rebate for services provided by a specialist practitioner. This allocation can be shared between registered dependants of the same family.

(c) The proposed MBS co-payment payment will be covered by the National ADF Family Health Program for registered dependants.