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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Is it true that the Commonwealth is still making a basic contribution of 8s. a day towards costs of hospital patients? Is this the same small contribution that was made by the Commonwealth when the average maintenance cost of a hospital bed was about a quarter of what it is to-day? Were the States recently given a promise that the Commonwealth would review this rate of contribution? Has the Commonwealth made such a review and, if so, with what result?

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