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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4556

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say what proportion of a pension is taken for care and accommodation by nursing homes run by (a) State government authorities, (b) charitable and voluntary bodies and (c) private enterprise in each State and Territory.

(2)   Will he provide an account of charges imposed on pensioners in public nursing homes in each State and Territory for purposes other than hospital and medical care and accommodation.

(3)   Will he direct his Department to undertake a sample survey of the income left to pensioners in private nursing homes after they have paid for care and accommodation; if so. will he publish the results of this survey.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (2) and (3) Information in the detail required by the honourable member's question is not available. However, the table below compiled by the Department of Health, shows the average weekly fees which pensioner patients in nursing homes were charged during June 1971, as revealed by a survey of all nursing homes in all States. It should be noted that the Commonwealth nursing home benefit, which is additional to any pension entitlement, was increased to the equivalent of $45.50 a week for intensive care patients and $24.50 for ordinary care patients (an increase of $10.50 a week in each case) with effect from 21st October 1971.


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