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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1497


Senator McAULIFFE asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that a person treated for an injury in a hospital operating theatre, but not admitted to hospital overnight, receives no medical benefit for this treatment; if this is so, would not this be a positive inducement to overhospitalise, in an effort to provide health insurance benefits for the patient.

(2)   Will the Minister examine this situation with a view to removing any existing anomaly.


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answer to the honourable senators question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The question of whether a person treated for an injury in a hospital operating theatre, but not admitted to hospital overnight, is eligible for benefits depends on the rules of : he registered medical or hospital benefits organisation with which he is insured. Until recently organisations registered to operate in Queensland did not pay such benefits.

However, the Queensland Council of National Health Benefit Organizations at a recent meeting recommended to its member organisations that they should consider the introduction of an ancillary fund benefit of $10.00 for a theatre fee incurred by an outpatient for treatment received at an approved hospital.

The following hospital benefits organisations registered to operate in Queensland have made application and been given approval to pay this benefit as from 1st April 1972-

Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society in Queensland;

The Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society;

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society, Queensland District No. S;

Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia, in Queensland (The Grand Council);

The Queensland Branch of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society:

The Queensland District, No. 87, Independent Order of Rechabites, Friendly Society;

Queensland Teachers' Union Health Society.







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