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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

I refer now to three recommendations by the Nimmo Committee relating to the rules applied by health insurance funds. They are: Recommendation 21, which proposes the abolition of current fund rules relating to pre-existing illnesses and their replacement by a uniform rule that benefits be disallowed for pre-existing illnesses during the first 6 months of membership; recommendation 22, which proposes that rules excluding payment of benefits for the treatment of alcoholism, self-inflicted wounds and similar cases be eliminated; and recommendation 23, which proposes the adoption of uniform rules regarding transfers between funds, third party insurance claims, waiting periods in maternity cases and like matters. The Government has adopted this group of recommendations, except that the general 2 months waiting period will apply to cases of pre-existing illness instead of the 6 months period suggested by the Nimmo Committee.

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