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Thursday, 1 November 2012
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(Question No. 2381)

Senator Cash asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 October 2012:

With reference to the draft discussion paper entitled 'Review Stage 1: Retirement 410 Visa Holders and Access to Medicare' published by the department in September-October 2011, and given that British Expat Retirees in Australia provided comment on the draft discussion paper, notably in relation to the absence of any comment on the 457 temporary visas, and were advised that the department was considering the comments prior to finalising the document:

(1) Has this document been released in its final form; if so, can a copy be provided; if not, when is it expected to be published.

(2) Will a definitive report be published that explains the basis of the department's findings and recommendations.

Senator Ludwig: The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The review into the eligibility of retirement visa holders to access Medicare entitlements under Reciprocal Health Care Agreements has not been finalised. It is expected that a report about the review will be released by the end of this year.

(2) A report, once finalised, will be made available to stakeholders.