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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr PEARCE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I address a question to the Minister for Health in relation to bogus health companies, and I refer the honorable gentleman to previous questions that I have asked him in regard to these companies and to discussions that we have had on the matter. Is he now in a position to advise the House of the present circumstances in regard to a bogus health company previously known as the Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Benefits Fund and now known as the Commercial Hospital and Medical Benefits Fund, that was fleecing the public? Is this company still functioning? Is it in a financial position to pay the money owing to the members of the organization, or is it bankrupt? 1 also ask the Minister whether there are any other known bogus health companies, and whether there is any way in which the public can be warned against joining such organizations.

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