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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr THOMPSON (Port Adelaide) . - The honorable member for Bonython (Mr. Makin) referred to patients who were transferred from the Royal Adelaide Hospital to the Northfield Hospital and as a consequence were denied medical benefits. I think on a previous occasion the Minister informed me that patients so transferred would receive the medical benefits except those in the Magill Ward. The point I wish to raise is that if a pensioner goes into the Royal Adelaide Hospital and has his medical card he does not get any account unless he is in a hospital fund. If he is in a hospital fund he has to pay 28s. a day, which is the 36s. daily rate less the 8s. government contribution. The hospital authorities tell him that any sum above that amount will be remitted. If he was insured for £2 2s. a day and had to pay only 28s., he would receive the difference. Will this provision interfere in any way with that payment to such a person when he is in a public hospital and the hospital authorities treat his account in the way I have mentioned?

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