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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 70

Question No. 9


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

(1) What is the latest available figure for occupied bed day cost, for each of the three Australian Capital Territory public hospitals.

(2) What proportion of the actual cost is paid by (a) private patients and (b) shared ward patients.

(3) What proportion of (a) patients and (b) bed-days are in the (i) private patient, (ii) paying shared ward patient and (iii) non-paying patient category, in each of the hospitals.


Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The adjusted bed-day costs for 1981-82 were-

Royal Canberra Hospital (RCH) $209.90 Woden Valley Hospital (WVH) $196.50 Calvary Hospital (Calv) $220.50

(2) The accommodation charge for a bed-day in a multi-bed ward in the ACT is $ 120, and the charge for a single room at the patient's request is $165 per day. The proportions are therefore-

RCH WVH Calv

per cent per cent per cent (a) Private Patients in Single Ward* 79 84 75 (b) Shared-Ward Patients 57 61 54

* At patient's request.

(3) For the financial year 1981-82-

(a) the proportions of patients were-

RCH WVH Calv Total

per cent per cent per cent per cent (i) and (ii) All paying patients* 77 84 85 80 (iii) Non-paying patients 23 16 15 20

* It is not possible to obtain separate figures for single and multi-bed ward patients

(b) The proportions of occupied bed-days were-

RCH WVH Calv

per cent per cent per cent (i) and (ii) All paying patients* 66 72 69 (iii) Non-paying patients 34 28 31

* Not possible to obtain separate figures for single and multi-bed ward patients.