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Monday, 15 March 1971


Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What coverage is given under our national health scheme where Turkish national custom requires circumcision at 8 years and not at birth to a male child born in Australia to migrant parents.

(2)   Is it a fact that this practice could cause higher medical fees for the parents and would the medical benefit be the same us a similar operation performed at birth.


Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The following items in the Medical Benefits Schedule cover benefits for circumcision:

Item 3751 - Circumcision of a person under 4 weeks of age

Item 3755 - Circumcision of a person under 10 years of age but not less than 4 weeks of age

Item 3756 - Circumcision of a person under 10 years of age but not less than 4 weeks of age by a specialist in the practice of his speciality where the patient is referred

Item 3760 - Circumcision of a person 10 years of age or over

Item 3761 - Circumcision of a person 10 years of age or over by a specialist in the practice of his speciality where the patient is referred.

Accordingly, the child of a Turkish national covered by themedical benefits scheme who undergoes circumcision at 8 years of age would qualify for benefit under eitheritem 3755 or Item 3756 according to the circumstances.

(2)   The most common fee; combined Commonwealth and fund benefits and balance payable by the contributor where the common fee is charged for the above items in New South Wales are as follows:

 

The reason for the higher common fee and benefits for older patients is the greater difficulty in performingthe operation as the age of the patient increases. However, the balance payable in cases where the most common fee is charged varies only between$1.50 and$3.







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