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COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

Mr Rudd, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes the Government's plan based on the recommendations of the Private Health Industry Medical Devices Expert Committee to remove speech processors from Appendix A, Schedule 5 of the National Health Act 1953, meaning the withdrawal of private health funding for upgrades and replacements for cochlear implants (bionic ears); and

(2) calls on the Government to find a way that the profoundly deaf, especially children, can continue to secure upgrades and replacements for their cochlear implants by requiring private health funds to continue to cover the cost of the prosthesis.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, Ms J. S. McFarlane was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for a later hour this day.