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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Page: 7939


Senator GRIFF (South Australia) (16:33): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the report of the Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates was tabled on 28 November 2017,

   (ii) the report made 25 recommendations to improve outcomes for people diagnosed with rare and low-survival cancers, and

   (iii) on 16 October 2018, Senator Bilyk successfully moved a motion, which Senator Griff co-sponsored, asking the Government to table its overdue response to this important report - the government response has not been tabled;

(b) further notes that:

   (i) the report of the Community Affairs References Committee, Value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs, was presented on 19 December 2017,

   (ii) the report made 19 recommendations designed to ease the burden of rising medical costs on consumers, such as recommending that the Minister for Health instruct the Department of Health to publish the fees of individual medical practitioners in a searchable database, and

   (iii) the Government has yet to table a response to this report; and

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by the start of business on 15 November 2018, the Government's responses to the recommendations contained in the reports on:

   (i) value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs, and

   (ii) funding for research into cancers with low survival rates.