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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3380

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

Is there any provision in any of the Acts covering the operation and administration of voluntary health insurance funds which permits the distribution of surplus contribution income; if so, will the Minister give full details of the legislative authority.

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

The National Health Act is the only relevant Commonwealth Act administered by the Commonwealth Minister for Health.

There is no provision in that Act which permits the distribution of surplus contribution income by medical benefits organisations and hospital benefits organisations registered under the Act.

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