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Tuesday, 24 February 1959

Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for Health. Is it a fact that, prior to the general election, provision was made under the Commonwealth health scheme for the extension of hospital benefit to the aged and chronically ill? Has the Minister recently been inundated with irate protests from State Health Ministers, who contend that the benefit of 16s. a day has been unexpectedly denied to a large number of patients in institutions specifically catering for cases of this type? Will the Minister say, in clear and concise terms, whether it was the Government's deliberate intention to preclude these most deserving cases from benefit under the relevant legislation?

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