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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 399


Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 February 1980:

(   1 ) How many persons were covered by health insurance (a) in Medibank standard, (b) Medibank private and (c) in other private funds during (i) 1 975 and (ii) December 1 979.

(2)   How many pensioners were in possession of a health benefits card as at 31 December 1979.

(3)   How many persons have been classified by doctors as disadvantaged in terms of health care as at 31 December 1979.


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

(1)   Seetableattached.

(2)   At the end of December 1979 there were 1,529,718 Social Security pensioners eligible for health benefits cards in Australia. This figure does not include 338,646 dependants of the pensioners.

(3)   Information on the number of persons classified by doctors as disadvantaged in terms of health care as at 31 December 1979, is not available. However, some information is available on the number of persons who received services on which a medical benefit was paid at the disadvantaged rate in the latter part of 1979. From this information, it is estimated that the monthly average number of persons classified as disadvantaged by medical and optometrical practitioners was about 1 70,000 at the end of 1 979. It is emphasised that this estimate relates to the monthly average number of persons who received services and not the number of persons who might have been classified as 'disadvantaged', had they sought a medical service. I would also refer the honourable member to my answer to Question No. 4565 (Hansard, 19 February 1980, page 91).

Medical and Hospital coverage* NSW Vic. Qld

Quarter ending 31 December 1975

MEDICAL- Basic 85 percent-

(a)   Medibank Standard...... X X X

(b)   Medibank Privatef......

(c)   Other Private Funds...... " . .

HOSPITAL- $20 and $30 per day to cover intermediate and private ward accommodation -

(a)   Medibank Standard...... % X X

(b)   Medibank Privatet......

(c)   Other Private Funds...... 3,532,858 2,585,030 967,032 1

Quarter ending 31 December 1979

MEDICAL- Basic 75 per cent-

(a)   Medibank Standard......

(b)   Medibank Private...... 555,193 596,409 223,405

(c)   Other Private Funds...... 2,674,824 1,833,988 745,522

Total........... 3,230,017 2,430,397 968,927

HOSPITAL- Coverage for at least shared ward accommodation -

(a)   Medibank Standard......

(b)   Medibank Private...... 584,764 686,034 254,487

(c)   Other Private Funds...... 2,762,047 1,902,386 763,199

Total........... 3,346,811 2,588,420 1,017,686

SA

WA

Tas.

Aust.

All

061,267

102,925 811,074

X XAll

799,609 289,771 9,235,567

91,953 38,073 1,607,958 666,192 243,016 6,974,616

913,999 758,145 281,089 8,582,574

65,034 63,459 29,387 1,683,165 813,868 658,208 219,409 7,119,117

878,902 721,667 248,796 8,802,282

* Membership of Health Insurance Funds is based on the most recent information provided by those funds, t Medibank Private did not commence operating until 1 October 1 976. X Universal eligibility.







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