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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 1234


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

(1)   Did the report from the Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs, dated June 1970, recommend at page 39, paragraph 127, that excess funds held in reserves by medical and hospital funds should be transferred to a stabilisation account after an agreed period.

(2)   Has the Government accepted this recommendation; if not, why not.

(3)   What legislative authority has the Government available, or would it require, to effect this proposal.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) Pending final consideration of the recommendation, there has been no examination of the nature of the required legislative authority,







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