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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr MAKIN (Bonython) .- The Minister will remember that certain representations were made to him, during one of his visits to Adelaide, concerning the operation of the medical benefits fund as it related to people who have received treatment in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and subsequently, in order to meet hospital accommodation needs, were transferred to a joint institution, the Northfield Hospital. But because of that transfer they were denied the hospital benefits they would have received had they remained in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

As an illustration, if a man had a broken leg which needed to be set in plaster, he would have to remain in the hospital until it was sufficiently healed for him to leave. In all likelihood he would be transferred to the Northfield Hospital for some of the time, but because of that he would be denied the benefits of the medical fund which he received while in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This is a distinct anomaly and I think the Minister intends to correct it. Will it be covered by the provisions of this clause?

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