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Tuesday, 23 September 1958


Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The provision of oxygen as a special benefit for pensioners is not altogether appropriate. The administration of oxygen requires quite complicated apparatus for its proper use, and it requires constant supervision. I should think that most of the people referred to by the honorable gentleman are cases which should be treated in hospital, anyway. Therefore, oxygen has not been included in the formulary for that reason. There are other practical considerations with regard to making oxygen and similar gases pharmaceutical benefits. One is that they are used for other than medicinal purposes. This greatly complicates their inclusion in the list of pharmaceutical benefits.







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