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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Nursing homes have a very important role in the Australian health care system and this Government already provides very substantial assistance towards nursing home accommodation charges. Grants have also been made available to the States for the purpose of subsidising the capital costs of State nursing homes for aged persons of limited means. In his 1969 election policy speech, the Prime Minister referred to a proposal for the payment of increased nursing home benefits to persons who have been regular contributors to health insurance funds and who require intensive nursing home care. We are proceeding without delay towards the implementation of this proposal. The Government is also undertaking a general review of the measures necessary to provide security for nursing home patients and, in that context, will consult with the States as proposed in recommendation 40 of the Nimmo Committee's report.

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