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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 2178

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Minister give details of health expenditure in relation to (a) persona) consumption, (b) net expenditure by public authorities on goods and services, (c) capital expenditure by the (i) public and (ii) private sector and Cd) other forms of expenditure for each of the last 5 financial years for which details are available.

(2)   Can the information requested in part (1) be broken down under principal heads of expen diture, and in the case of public expenditure, differentiate between Commonwealth, State, local government and semi-government expenditures.

(3)   What was (a) the Commonwealth Government non-capital expenditure as a percentage of the total of non-capital health expenditure and (b) the total health expenditure as a percentage of the gross national product for each of the same years.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The Commonwealth Statistician has provided the following statistical tables:




The figures given in these tables represent the latest and most detailed information available on this subject, which has been compiled in a national accounting presentation. Further detail for the years 1960-61 to 1969-70 may be found in the bulletin 'Public Authority Finance: State Governments- Social Services, 1969-70' (C.B.C.S. July 1971, Ref. No. S.37) which is compiled from tabulations specially prepared for the Commonwealth Grants Commission. However, these figures are not readily reconcilable with the national accounts figures set out above for reasons outlined in the introduction to the bulletin. I understand the honourable member is on the mailing list for this bulletin, and he should therefore have a copy available to him.

In general the figures given in my colleague, the Treasurer's reply to question no. 2274 asked by the honourable member (Hansard 1971, page 2877) are still the latest available. These figures were taken from or were consitent with figures presented in 'Australian National Accounts, 1969- 70* (C.B.C.S. April 1971, Ref. No. 7.1). The figures given in Tables 1, 2 and 3 above are consistent with those earlier figures. More recent information is available in relation to the transactions of Commonwealth Authorities. This material has been presented in Tables 4, 5 and 6 which are based on figures taken from the Bulletin 'Public Authority Finance: Commonwealth Authorities, 1970- 71' (C.B.C.S., August 1971, Ref. No. 5.12), which was also issued as a Budget paper. Estimates of net current expenditure on health services by public authorities and of personal consumption expenditure on health, etc., services for 1970-71 are still in course of preparation. However it has been possible to obtain estimates of public and private investment in health facilities from material already published, as follows:


(3)   For the reason given in paragraph 1 of the reply to question no. 2274 it is not possible to give an answer to part (3) (a) of the present question. With regard to part (3) (b) of the question the Statistician advises that he cannot add further to the information previously given in answer to question no. 2274.

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