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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3377

Mr Hayden asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Minister say what amount was waived in hospital fees in each State because of (a) inability of the patient to pay and (b) the writing off of bad debts in respect of (i) public, (ii) intermediate and (iii) private ward treatment during the latestyear for which figures are available.

(2)   If so, will the Minister also express these amounts as a percentage of the total fees charged in each category.

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

(1)   and (2) The information sought by the honourable member is not available.

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