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Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister for Health aware that a comparatively small country district hospital such as the Angaston hospital in South Australia is incurring embarrassingly heavy losses, no less' than $15,580 in the last 7 months, in providing for pensioner patients? As the Commonwealth grant of $5 a day and the State grant of $2 a day are obviously insufficient to provide for the hospital costs of pensioners, will urgent consideration be given to alleviating this position which is common to such hospitals throughout the country, as it is to privately owned hospitals?

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