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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 859


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

(1)   How many hospital bed days were there in (a) public hospitals, (b) private non-profit-making hospitals, (c) private profit-making hospitals and (d) total, divided into (i) insured bed days, (ii) uninsured bed days, (iii) pensioner bed days and (iv) free hospital bed days during (A) the latest year for which figures are available and (B) the year a decade earlier.

(2)   Will the Minister supply a break-up of the information in respect of each State and Territory.

(3)   Will the Minister supply a further break-up of the information on the basis of (a) private, (b) intermediate and (c) public wards.


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

(1)   and (2) Details in respect of (1) (i) - insured bed days - are not available for separate categories of hospitals. Details in respect of 1 (ii) and 1 (iv) - uninsured and free bed days - are available separately only in respect of public and private hospitals.

In relationto (1) (iii) - pensioner bed days - it should be noted that Commonwealth pensioner hospital benefits are paid only for hospitalisation in public wards of public hospitals. It should also be noted that Commonwealth hospital benefits were restructured on 1st January 1963, and the earliest year for which comparable figures are available is 1963-64.

(i)   Number of days for which hospital benefits were paid in respect of insured patients(a).

 

Note: Separate figures are not available for Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory; Northern Territory is included in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland; Australian Capital Territory is included in New South Wales.

(a)   Details in respect of separate categories of hospital are not available.

(ii)   Number of days for which Commonwealth hospital benefits were paid in respect of uninsured patients(b).

 

 

(iii)   Number of days for which Commonwealth hospital benefits were paid in respect of pensioner patients:

 

(iv)   Number of days for which Commonwealth hospital benefits were paid in respect of patients receiving hospitalisation free of charge:

 

(3)   This information is not available to my Department.







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