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Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

1998-99

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

( As read a third time )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

 

No.      , 1999

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to health, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1  Short title....................................................................................................... 1

2  Commencement............................................................................................. 1

3  Schedule(s)..................................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the National Health Act 1953 to allow registered organizations greater product flexibility                                                                              3

Part 1—Amendments relating to discounted rates of contributions           3

Part 2—Amendments relating to loyalty bonus schemes                          7

Part 3—Amendments relating to waiting periods                                     9

Part 4—Amendments relating to coverage of pharmaceutical benefits costs 11

Part 5—Amendments relating to certain procedures rendered in approved procedures facilities       12

Schedule 2—Consequential amendments of various Acts related to the amendments made by Schedule 1                                                                                            15

Health Insurance Act 1973                                                                                     15

National Health Act 1953                                                                                       15

Schedule 3—Amendments relating to monitoring of changes in contribution rates of registered organizations                                                                      19

National Health Act 1953                                                                                       19

 



This Bill originated in the House of Representatives; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the Senate for its concurrence.

                I. C. HARRIS

           Clerk of the House of Representatives

House of Representatives

12 March 1999

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to health, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Health Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1999 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) to (6), this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (6), the items of Schedules 1 and 2 commence on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (6), items 1 to 7 of Schedule 3 commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

             (4)  Items 8 to 15 of Schedule 3 commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation that occurs after, but not more than 24 months after, the day on which the items referred to in subsection (3) commence.

             (5)  Items 16, 17 and 18 of Schedule 3 commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation that occurs after, but not more than 24 months after, the day on which the items referred to in subsection (4) commence.

             (6)  If an item referred to in subsection (2) or (3) does not commence within 6 months after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that period.

3   Schedule(s )

                   Subject to section 2, each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.