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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 1225


Dr Klugman asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Of the 2,333,000 unmatched services referred to in the 1970-71 report of the DirectorGeneral of Health how many received (a) Commonwealth and (b) fund benefits only.

(2)   What were the main categories which received (a) Commonwealth and (b) fund benefits and what was the number of unmatched services in each category,

(3)   How many claims for refunds for physiotherapy treatment were received by medical benefits organisations during each of the last 3 years.

(4)   How many of these claims were refused completely (a) because the organisation granted no refund or (b) because the maximum number of claims per year had been exceeded.

(5)   What was the total refund given by medical benefit organisations for physiotherapy treatment during each of the last 3 years.

(6)   Which of the registered medical benefit organisations make refunds for physiotherapy treatment.

(7)   In respect of each of these organisations (a) what is the benefit, (b) what are the conditions and (c) what was the cost to the fund during each of the last 3 years.


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

(1)   -

(a)   Commonwealth benefits only- 799,000

(b)   Fund benefits only- 1,534,000

(2)   (a)-

 

(2)   (b)-

 

(3)   and (4) Apart from several of the smaller medical benefit organisations, no record is kept by the organisations of the number of claims received and/or refused payment Accordingly, the information requested in respect of (3) and (4) is unavailable.

(5)   The following information contains certain approximations, as it was necessary for some organisations to provide estimated figures because they do not keep separate records of the amount of benefits paid from their ancillary funds for physiotherapy treatment. In two of the States (New South Wales and Queensland) the larger organisations were able to provide the information but not all the smaller organisations were able to do so.

It should also be noted that several registered medical benefits organisations provide physiotherapy benefits from an 'unregistered ancillary' or other services' fund. However, as the operations of those funds are outside the ambit of the National Health Act, the figures quoted do not include physiotherapy benefits paid by those organisations.

 

(6)   The names of the registered medical benefits organisations which make payments in respect of physiotherapy treatment are as follows:

New South Wales

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

*Australian Conference Association Limited;

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

*Commercial Banking Company Health Society;

*Commonwealth Bank Health Society;

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

Grand United Order of Oddfellows, Friendly Society of New South Wales;

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society;

Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia;

Hunter Medical Benefit Fund Limited;

Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the State of New South Wales:

*Local Government Employees' Medical and Hospital Club;

*Lysaght Hospital and Medical Club;

*M.M. Hospital and Medical Club;

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows, Friendly Society, in New South Wales;

Mechanics' Medical Assurance Scheme;

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited;

Newcastle Industrial Benefits Limited;

New South Wales District, No. 85, Independent Order of Rechabites, Sal ford Unity, Friendly Society;

*New South Wales Teachers' Federation Health Society;

Phoenix Welfare Association Limited;

Post Office Mutual Benefits 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 Association;

Grand United Hospital Benefit Society (Incorporating The Grand United Order of Oddfellows) in Victoria Friendly Society;

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society Victoria District No.1;

Hospital Benefits Association;

Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Victoria;

Latrobe Valley Hospitals and Health Services Association:

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows in Victoria *Mildura District Hospital and Medical Fund;

Tramways Benefit Society;

Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia Grand Council of Victoria;

United Ancient Order of Druids;

Victoria District Independent Order of Rechabites Friendly Society:

Yallourn Medical and Hospital Society.

Queensland

Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society;

Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society;

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefits Society, Queensland District No.5;

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited;

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

Queensland Branch of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society;

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

*Queensland Teachers' Union Health Society.

South Australia

Albert District No. 83, Independent Order of Rechabites, Salford Unity;

Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society;

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows". Friendly Society in South Australia:

Mutual Hospital Association Limited:

National Health Services Association of South Australia:

S.A. Police Department Employees' Hospital Fund (Medical Benefits Fund);

South Australian District, No. 81, Independent Order of Rechabites Friendly Society.

Western Australia

*Friendly Societies Health Services;

Goldfields Medical Fund (Incorporated);

Government Employees' Hospital and Medical Benefits Fund Incorporated;

Hospital Benefit Fund of Western Australia Incorporated;

Warren Medical and Hospital Fund Inc.

Tasmania

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

Coats Patons Employees' Medical Benefit Association;

*Electrolytic Zinc Employees' Medical Union;

Friendly Health Services;

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited;

*Queenstown Medical Union Medical Benefits Fund;

*Rosebery Hospital and Medical Benefits Society;

St. Luke's Medical and Hospital Benefits Association;

Tasmanian Government Insurance Office Medical Benefits Plan;

Untied Ancient Order of Druids Grand Lodge of Tasmania.

*These organisations provide physiotherapy benefits from an 'unregistered ancillary' or 'other services' fund.

 

 

 

 

 







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