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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3706

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What is the estimated annual Commonwealth subsidy for each of the different categories of nursing home patients, pensioners, intensive care, etc, in each of the different types of homes, private, deficit financed, Government, etc., in each of the States during 1976.

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

The estimated annual Commonwealth subsidy for each of the different categories of nursing home patients in each of the States during the 1 976-77 financial year, is as follows:


National Health Act

(a)   Ordinary nursing home care benefit- payable at the rate of$3.50 a day in respect of all qualified patients accommodated in approved nursing homes.

(   b ) Supplementary intensive nursing home care benefitpayable (in addition to the ordinary nursing home care benefit) at the rate of $3.00 a day in respect of patients who need and receive intensive nursing home care.

(c)   Additional nursing home benefit- Since 1 October 1976 this benefit has been payable by my Department in respect of nursing home patients who are Australian residents and who either pay the Medibank health insurance levy or who are exempt from payment of the levy on grounds other than that of being appropriately privately insured. Prior to 1 October the benefit was paid in respect of pensioners eligible for pensioner health benefits. This benefit is payable in addition to either one or both of the foregoing benefits as may be appropriate. The rate at which this benefit is payable varies between States. Currently the rates of additional benefit payable are-


As recently announced these rates will be increased by $2 a day in each State from 1 5 December 1976.

Nursing Homes Assistance Act- Deficit Financing Arrangements

(d)   The Nursing Homes Assistance Act provides for a system of financing of the deficits incurred by approved nursing homes operated by religious and charitable organisations or other non-profit organisations. This form of assistance is an alternative to the payment of nursing home benefits under the National Health Act and proprietors of nursing homes which participate under the deficit financing arrangements forego the patent benefits provided under that Act.

Repatriation Act

(e)   Nursing home care is provided to two broad groups of Repatriation patients:

(i)   those who require care for a disability related to war service (regulation 64), for whom the department pays the total fee;

(ii)   veterans receiving- the Special rate pensions for total and permanent incapacity, tuberculosis, blindness or certain amputations (regulation 66) the Intermediate Rate pension including that for tuberculosis (regulation 66) veterans of the Boer War and 1914-18 War (including nursing sisters) (regulation 66) veterans who are ex-prisoners-of-war (regulation 66) veterans suffering from cancer in respect of treatment for that condition only (regulation 65a) war widows, widowed mothers and invalid children of deceased veterans (regulation 73)

Patients in these categories must contribute towards the cost of their care. Currently this contribution is set at the rate of $41.30 per week for patients in private nursing homes and $4 1 . 25 for those in 'Deficit Funded' homes (see (d) above).

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