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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3149


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 March 1 980:

(   1 ) How many radiotherapy services (included in Part 8A of the Medical Benefits Schedule) were rendered in Australia in the period 1 January-31 March 1979.

(2)   Were (a) 11 per cent of the services rendered by specialists in radiotherapy and ( b) 63 per cent of the services rendered by dermatologists.

(3)   If so, what classification of medical practitioners rendered the remaining 26 per cent of radiotherapy services.


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

(1)   My Department does not have information on the total radiotherapy services (included in Part 8A of the Medical Benefits Schedule) rendered in Australia in the period I January-31 March 1979. However, the statistics collected from computer compatible medical benefits organisations and my Department's direct billing payment system indicate that claims for approximately 30,400 radiotherapy services were processed in Australia for medical benefit purposes during that period. It is estimated that these statistics represent about 80 per cent of radiotherapy services on which a medical benefit was paid and recorded as being processed in Australia in the period.

(2)   The percentage figures quoted by the honourable member relate to New South Wales only.

(3)   The remaining 26 per cent of radiotherapy services in New South Wales was rendered by medical practitioners recorded in the following speciality groups-

 







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