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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2151

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Repatriation:

Does the Repatriation Department require payment in full or in part before commencing the production of any limb or appliance to be made for a civilian.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN-The Minister for Repatriation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

For patients who require artificial limbs or appliances, and are sponsored by State Government Departments and philanthropic organisations (and these constitute the bulk of civilian patients), it is the practice of the Repatriation Department in each case to obtain an official order guaranteeing payment from the organisation concerned before work commences on the artificiallimb or appliance. Payment for the limb or appliance is then made on satisfactory completion.

For a private patient, it has long been the practice to obtain payment of the estimated full cost of the completed limb or appliance before manufacture commences. This is later adjusted in the light of the actual cost of the completed limb.

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