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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 176


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on16 October1979:

How many persons and what proportion of the community in each State, Territory and for Australia overall are covered by (a) basic medical insurance only at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (b) $50 a day hospital insurance only at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (c) full medical insurance only at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (d) $75 a day hospital insurance only at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (e) basic medical and $50 a day hospital insurance at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (f) basic medical and $75 a day hospital insurance at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (g) full medical and $50 a day hospital insurance at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (h) full medical and $75 a day hospital insurance at (i) single and (ii) family rate, (j) pensioner health benefits, (k) veterans' (i) medical and (ii) hospital benefits and (l) other health benefits, stating the form of those benefits.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

From the available information, the following table has been drawn up showing the number of persons, and the proportion of the population in each State and for Australia as a whole, who were covered at 30 June1979 by:

(a)   basic medical insurance;

(b)   hospital insurance for shared ward hospital accommodation in a recognised hospital ($40 per day);

(c)   full medical insurance;

(   d ) hospital insurance for single room accommodation in a recognised hospital ($60 per day);

(j   ) pensioner health benefits;

(k)   veterans' medical and hospital benefits; and

(l)   other health benefits in the form of:

(l   ) supplementary hospital cover other than $40 or $60 per day benefit tables;

(2)   medical optional (supplementary) tables without other medical insurance for schedule services;

(3)   ancillary benefits paid out of medical funds; and

(4)   ancillary benefits paid out of hospital funds.

It should be noted that:

(1   ) The different types of coverage shown in the table are not mutually exclusive. For example, there may be persons covered by both pensioner health benefits and private medical and/or hospital insurance.

(2)   In respect of persons covered for pensioner health benefits and Veterans' Affairs benefits, statistics for the ACT and the NT have been included under NSW and SA respectively. They are not available separately, except in the case of PHB pensioners (9141 for the ACT and 7224 for the N.T.).

(3)   Insured persons are classified by the State of registration of the organisations. Insured persons in the NT and ACT are covered by organisations registered in the States.

(4)   In the case of Veterans' Affairs hospital and medical coverage, the statistics include those with full and partial entitlement.

(5)   At 30 June 1979, there were 70,260 defence personnel eligible for medical and hospital care for whom a State break-up is not available. Some of these might also have family hospital and medical cover with organisations registered under the National Health Act.

(6)   Information on the proportion of the population covered by plans operating outside the National Health Act is not available.

(7)   At 30 June1979 some individuals would have been eligible for free medical treatment as disadvantaged persons. Because such persons only become apparent at the time they are classified by their doctors as disadvantaged, statistics on the proportion of the population eligible to be classified by their doctors as disadvantaged are not available. However, it has been estimated that about5 per cent of the population could be covered by the disadvantaged arrangements.

(8)   Australian residents without hospital insurance with a registered health insurance organisation are entitled to outpatient care and treatment without charge in standard ward accommodation by hospital doctors in recognised hospitals.

 

 







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