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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1870

Senator GRIMES (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security and I preface it by pointing out to the Minister that children suffering from cleft lip and palate require orthodontal treatment, in some cases until they are in their teens, and that orthodontal treatment is very expensive. Will the Minister give serious consideration to allowing the cost of orthodontal treatment in these cases to be a legitimate claim on the medical benefits schedule?

Senator WHEELDON - I agree that it would seem on the face of it that the absence of orthodontal treatment from the claims which can be made is something of an anomaly in the system. It is obviously not within my province to give any assurances as to what might be done about it, but I will see that the matter is referred to the Minister for Social Security.

Senator Cavanagh - One is a health matter and the other is not.

Senator WHEELDON -Thank you. I shall see that it is referred to the Minister for Social Security at the earliest opportunity so that we can have a reply from him on this very important matter.

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