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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

Dr Jenkins (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say what was the total amount spent on health services in Australia in each of the years 1950, 1955, I960, 1965 and 1969.

(2)   Can he also state what percentage of the expenditure in each of those years was represented by (a) administrative expenses, (b) office, home, night and hospital calls, (c) consultations (specialist), (d) diagnostic X-ray, (e) anaesthetics, (f) surgical procedures including fractures. (?) confinements including pre-natal and post-natal care and (h) diagnostic procedures, refractions, injections, etc.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Comparable estimates of expenditure upon health services in Australia are only available in respect of total recurrent expenditure in the years 1960-61, 1963-64 and 1966-67. The estimated recurrent expenditure in these years is $683.79m, $851.23m and $1, 118.53m respectively.

(2)   This information is not available in my Department.

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