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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) .- The honorable member is correct. He is speaking about both medical and hospital benefits. The table refers to medical benefits; hospital benefits are different. If a contributor has a pre-existing ailment and has transferred to the special account, when he goes into hospital he can be paid, provided he is insured for it, the standard rate of up to 36s. a day. That means to say he can get this benefit amounting to 16s., which is fund benefit, from the special account. Before the introduction of the special account, he would have got no fund benefit at all in respect of his pre-existing ailment.

Mr Reynolds - What about the preexisting illness?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The honorable member is now talking about medical benefits. The nature of the illness does not affect his hospital benefits. When the honorable member refers to the table of benefits he is talking about medical benefits. But what he has said is correct.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 9 agreed to.

Clause 10 (Rules of organization establishing special account to contain certain provisions).

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