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Tuesday, 13 October 1970

Dr Gun asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What was the level of reserve funds of the Mutual Hospital Association Limited of South Australia at the end of the last financial year.

(2)   What were the total (a) receipts from contributions, (b) payments in benefits and (c) expenses and running costs of the Associationin the last financial year.

(3)   Where have the reserve funds of this Association been invested.

(4)   Who are the directors of the Association.

(5)   Is he able to say whether any of the directors hold equityin any of the enterprises or institutions in which the reserves of the Association have been invested..

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As at 30 June 1970, the Mutual Hospital Association held the following reserves:


Apportioned on the basis of the previous year's ratio between the two registered funds.

(3)   The investments held by the Association as at 30th June 1970 are listed hereunder:


(4)   As at 30th June 1970, the Directors of the Mutual Hospital Association Limited were:

Chairman- Mr Ian McLachlan

Members -

Sir ClarenceRieger, C.B.E., F.R.C.S (E.D.), F.R.A.C.S.

Mr P.B. Angas Parsons

Mr AnthonyBrookman

Mr B.S. Hanson, C.M.G., D.S.O., O.B.E., E.D., M.B.B.S., F.C.R.A.

Sir RolandE. Jacobs

Mr A.B. Thompson, M.B.E.

Mr A.G. McGregor, M.A., L.L.B.

(5)   No.

Hospitals: Charges (Question No. 1641)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice':

Has any of the States or either of the Territories made or announced increased daily charges in hospital wards since his answer on 7th April 1970.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As at 30th September 1970, the only States to either increase daily charges in hospital wards or to announce such increases since 7th April 1970 are Western Australia and Queensland.

In Western Australia, the public and intermediate ward charges of $10.00 and $13.50 per day, respectively, were replaced by a single 'standard ward' charge of $13.50 per day, with effect from 1st May 1970. On the same date the private ward charge was increased from $18.00 to $20.00 per day. The new charges cover in addition to accommodation, medical and paramedical services provided by the hospital and ancillary items such as theatre fees, wheel chairs, appliances, etc. They do not, however, cover radiology and pathology services for which a separate fee equal to the amount of Commonwealth medical benefit for the. service is charged.

As recently' announced in the Queensland State Budget, hospital charges in that State are to be increased from 1st November 1970, as follows:

Private Ward- from $10 per day to $13.50 per day

Intermediate Ward- from $8 per day to $11 per day.

The Queensland Government's policy of no charge for public ward treatment remains unaltered.

Hospitals: Honorary System (Question No. 1673)

Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to an article in the Financial Review of 1st September - 1970 in which if is stated that the abolition of the honorary system' in Australian hospitals is estimated to cost $20-$30m.

(2)   If so, will he obtain from' each of the States estimates of what would be the costs of paying medical officers on (a) a sessional basis and (b) a fee for service basis.

Dr Forbes -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Nimmo Committee's recommendation that there be adopted a policy for the gradual elimination of the honorary and concessional services rendered by the medical profession is one of the matters that is a subject of discussion between the Commonwealth and the States at the present time but at this stage reliable cost estimates in the form sought are not available.

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