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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3433


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

Which medical benefit funds in Australia pay fund benefits for spectacles prescribed by (a) ophthalmologists only, (b) optometrists only and (c) both ophthalmologists and optometrists.


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

(a)   The medical benefits organisations which pay benefits for spectacles prescribed by ophthalmologists only are:

New South Wales-

Australasian Holy Catholic Guild of St Mary and St Joseph Registered Friendly Benefit Society.

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society of New South Wales.

Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia.

*Local Government Employees' Medical and Hospital Club.

Mechanics' Medical Assurance Scheme.

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited.

M.M. Hospital* and Medical Club.

Victoria-

Latrobe Valley Hospitals and Health Services Association.

Queensland -

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited.

Western Australia -

Hospital Benefit Fund of Western Australia Incorporated.

Tasmania-

Friendly Health Services.

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited.

Tasmanian Government Insurance Office Medical Benefits Plan.

(b)   No medical benefits organisations specify that benefits are to be paid only when spectacles are prescribed by optometrists.

(c)   The medical benefits organisations which pay benefits for spectacles irrespective of whether they are prescribed by ophthalmologists or optometrists are:

New South Wales; -

*Australian Chilling and Freezing Co. Limited Medical Benefit Scheme.

*Australasian Conference Association Limited.

*Commercial Banking Company Health Society.

*Commonwealth Bank Health Society.

*E.R. & S. Hospital and Medical Club.

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Friendly Society of New South Wales.

Hunter Medical Benefit Fund Limited.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the

State of New South Wales.

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Friendly Society, in New South Wales.

Newcastle Industrial Benefits Limited.

New South Wales District No. 85, Independent Order of Rechabites, Salford Unity, Friendly Society.

*New South Wales Teachers' Federation Health Society.

Phoenix Welfare Association Limited.

Post Office Mutual Benefit Society of New South Wales.

Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia Grand Council of New South Wales.

*Reserve Bank Health Society.

South Coast Medical Benefits Fund.

Store Hospital and Medical Fund.

United Ancient Order of Druids Registered Friendly Society, Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

Western District Medical Benefits Fund.

Victoria-

Ancient Order of Foresters in Victoria Friendly Society.

Army Health Benefits Society.

Australian Natives' Association.

Geelong Medical and Hospital Benefits Asociation.

Grand United Hospital Benefit Society (Incorporating The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows) in Victoria Friendly Society.

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society. Victoria District No. 1.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Victoria.

Irish National Foresters' Benefit Society.

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Victoria.

Naval Health Benefits Society.

Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia Grand Council of Victoria.

United Ancient Order of Druids.

Victoria District Independent Order of Rechabites Friendly Society.

Queensland-

Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society in Queensland.

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Friendly Society.

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society, Queensland District No. 5.

Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia, in Queensland (The Grand Council).

Queensland Branch of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows Friendly Society.

Queensland District, No. 87, Independent Order of Rechabites, Friendly Society.

*Queensland Teachers' Union Health Society. South Australia -

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Friendly Society in South Australia.

Tasmania -

*Associated Pulp and Paper Makers' Council Medical Benefits Fund.

*Coats Patons Employees' Medical Benefit Association.

*Electrolytic Zinc Employees' Medical Union.

*Queenstown Medical Union Medical Benefits Fund.

*Rosebery Hospital and Medical Benefits Society.

St Luke's Medical and Hospital Benefits Association.

United Ancient Order of Druids Grand Lodge of Tasmania.

*The benefits provided by these organisations are financed from separate funds and not within the range of services covered by the National Health Act. Members who contribute to these separate funds pay extra contributions over and above the usual contributions for medical and/or hospital benefits.







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