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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2128

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(I)   What is the most popular open health insurance fund in each State.

(2)   What is the family contribution rate to this fund in each State covering medical benefits and hospital insurance sufficient to cover treatment in

(a)   a public ward, (b) an intermediate ward and (c) a private ward.

(3)   What would be the net cost of the medical and hospital insurance contributions for each of the three categories in each State in part (2) for a man supporting a wife and two children after the insurance contribution is allowed as a taxation deduction when his taxable income is (a) $2,500,

(b)   $3,000, (c) $5,000, (d) $10,000, (e) $20,000, (0 $30,000 and (g) $50,000.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The 'open' health insurance organisations with the largest medical fund and hospital fund memberships, as at 30th June 1970, were as follows:


(2)   As at 1st September 1971 the family contribution rates per week to these funds were:


(3)   On the basis that medical and hospital insurance contributions are the last taxation concessional deductions claimed, the costs of the contributions shown in (2) above net of tax for persons supporting a wife and two children wilh laxable incomes of (a) $2,500 (b) $3,000 (c) $5,000 (d) $10,000 (e) $20,000 and above would be:


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