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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator FITZGERALD - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Health advise now or obtain from the Department of Health advice on which domiciliary nursing services are available free to pensioners in each State? If such services are not free will she advise the scale of fees charged to pensioners?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - A number of details are involved in the question asked by the honourable senator and I shall be pleased to get for him all the information I can. Under the provisions of the Home Nursing Subsidy Act non-profit nursing organisations are encouraged and subsidised by the Commonwealth Government. At 30th June 1970, 83 home nursing services were in receipt of a subsidy. Commonwealth subsidy payments amounting to over Sim were paid during 1969-70. I will endeavour to obtain further details for the honourable senator.

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