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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 616

(Question No. 370)


Senator Newman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 18 June 1993:

  With reference to the comments made by the Minister that the $100 million promised over 4 years for the purchase of public beds in private hospitals will not go ahead and given that there is still a commitment to spend $100 million on reducing waiting lists:

  (1) What options are being considered by the Government for how this money should be used to reduce waiting lists.

  (2) If money is to be allocated to public hospitals, what will be the share given to each of the States and Territories.


Senator Richardson —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The Government remains committed to the expenditure of $100 million over four years to reduce clinically excessive delays in access to elective surgery.

  I have recently held meetings with the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and the Australian Catholic Health Care Association (ACHCA) to discuss ways in which they can assist in this strategy.

  (1)&(2) Decisions on the structure of the Program and the distribution of funds will be taken in the Budget context.