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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2485

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What is the scale of charges payable to general practitioners under the Pensioner Medical Service for (a) surgery visits, and (b) home consultations.

(2)   Were these charges fixed by agreement between the Government and the Australian Medical Association.

(3)   What was the date on which the charges were agreed to, and for how long does the agreement run.

(4)   Are the scale of charges payable to general practitioners under the Pensioner Medical Service also the subject of review by His Honour Mr Justice Kerr.

(5)   Are general practitioners allowed by the Department of Health to add a mileage allowance to the fee they charge under the Pensioner Medical Service where the distance exceeds a certain mileage; if so, what is the rate of the allowance and the distance involved when such allowance becomes payable.

(6)   What was the amount paid to general practitioners under the Pensioner Medical Service in each of the States last financial year in the first 6 months of this financial year for (a) surgery visits, (b) home consultations, and (c) mileage allowance.

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The acting Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The rates payable under the Pensioner Medical Service are -

(a)   surgery consultations, $2.50

(b)   domiciliary visits, $3.60

(2)   and (3) The above fees were proposed by the Australian Medical Association and were accepted by the Government to apply from 1st July 1971 to 30th June 1973. The new fees were announced in a Ministerial Statement made in the Senate on 7th May 1971.

(4)   No.

(5)   Yes. The mileage fee payable is 50c per mile, calculated to the nearest mile, one way, beyond a radius of 3 miles from the medical practitioner's surgery in metropolitan areas or provincial cities, or beyond a radius of 2 miles in country areas. The Commonwealth accepts responsibility for payment at the rate of 40c per mile and the balance may be collected by the medical practitioner from the pensioner concerned up to a maximum of $1.00.

(6)   The amounts paid to medical practitioners participating in the Pensioner Medical Service are as follows! -


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