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Tuesday, 18 October 1949

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I have seen the report for 1947-48, but I have not yet seen the report for the following year, although I understand that it has been presented. In 1947-48 the cost of bed maintenance in the Melbourne metropolitan area averaged 29s. a day and in Victorian country areas the daily cost averaged 23s. 9d. Since then costs have risen and bed maintenance costs have probably increased slightly above those figures. In Victoria, the cost of free public ward hospitalization and medical attention for persons who did not wish to pay for such services amounted to £1,066,000.

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