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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

In Committee

Consideration of Senate's requests for amendments.

Clause 5.

Section 4 of the Principal Act is amended -

(a)   by inserting in sub-section (1.)......

(b)   by adding at the end of sub-section (1.)

Clause 8.

Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended -

(a)   by omitting from sub-section (1.).....

(b)   by omitting from sub-section (1.) the definitions of "professional service" and "the Committee" and inserting in their Head the following definitions: -

*' 'medical service' means a service that is specified in an item in the First Schedule to this Act; professional service' means -

(a)   a medical service that is rendered by, or on behalf of, a medical practitioner; or

(b)   a prescribed medical service that is rendered in an operating theatre of an approved hospital by a legally qualified dentist or dental practitioner approved by the DirectorGeneral for the purposes of this definition; the houe Commonwealth medical benefit', in relation to a professional service, means the amount that was, at the date on which the professional service was rendered, the amount indicated as the basic Commonwealth benefit in relation lo a professional service of that kind in the table of Commonwealth medical benefits set out in the First Schedule to this Act; the Committee' means the Registration Committee referred to in section seventy of this Act; the specified excess', in respect of a professional service, means the amount indicated as the specified excess in respect of that professional .service in the relevant table of fund medical benefits in relation to die contributor to whom the professional service is rendered."; and

Clause 16.

Section 21 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub-sections (1.) and (2.) and inserting in their stead the following sub-sections:

"(I.) . . .

"(2.) . . .

Section of Principal Act proposed to be amended:

21.   - {!.> . . .

(3.) Where, at the time at which payment of Commonwealth benefit is claimed, it appears to the Director-General that the contributor may be entitled lo receive a payment of the kind referred to in sub-section (1.) of this section, but he has not established bis right to that payment. Commonwealth benefit is not payable, but the DirectorGeneral may, in bis discretion, authorise provisional payment of an amount of Commonwealth benefit not exceeding the amount that but for this section would be payable and, if and when the entitlement or otherwise of the contributor to a payment of the kind referred to in subsection (1.) of this section has been determined, the contributor is liable to repay to the Commonwealth any amount by which die amount of the benefit provisionally paid exceeds such amount (if any) as is payable under the preceding provisions of this section.

Clause 41.

Section 82q of the Principal Act is amended:

(a)   by omitting from sub-section (1.) . .

(b)   by omitting from paragraph (d) of subsection (2.) the words "Thirty-nine dollars" and inserting in their stead the words "a particular amount"; and

Senate's request No. 1.

In clause 5, at end of the clause add the following paragraph: "(c) by omitting from sub-section (4.) the words other than an attendance at which an examination of the patient's eyes is made in consequence of which spectacle lenses are prescribed'.".

Senate's request No. 2.

In clause 8, paragraph (b). in paragraph (b) of the definition 'professional service', leave out 'in an operating theatre of an approved hospital'.

Senate's request No. 3.

In clause 8, paragraph (b), in paragraph (b) of the definition'professional service', leave out approved by the Director-General for the purposes of this definition'.

Senate's request No. 4.

In clause 16, at end of clause add the following paragraph: "(b) by omitting from sub-section (3.) the words may, in his discretion,' and inserting in their stead the word 'shall': and".

Senate's request No. 5.

After clause 20, insert the following new clause: "20a, Section 46 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section inserted in its stead:

46.   Where a person receives hospital treatment in an approved hospital, (here is payable Commonwealth benefit of Two dollars for each day.'.".

Senate's request No. 6.

In clause 41. after paragraph (b), insert the following paragraph: (ba) by omitting from paragraph (e) of subsection (2.) all words after "Social Services Act 1947-1969"; and'.

Senate's request No. 7.

In the proposed Schedules, First Schedule, after Division 13, insert the following new Division:

Division 14 8289 Refraction performed by a registered optometrist 1.10'.

Second to Seventh Schedules (inclusive), at end of each Schedule insert in the first column the number '8289' and in the second column the amounts '1.60', '1.30'. '0.95', '0.09', '0.90' and '1.10'. respectively.







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