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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1597


Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons in each of the 3 low income groups did the Minister's Department estimate would be entitled to receive the benefits of totally and partially subsidised health insurance as a result of amendments to the National Health Act.

(2)   How many persons have applied for this benefit.


Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable 'member's question:

(1)   Statistics issued by the Commonwealth Commissioner of Taxation prior to the commencement of the Subsidised Medical Services Scheme on 1st January 1970 indicated that about 100,000 families, comprising 300,000 people, could become eligible for assistance under the Scheme. Immediately prior to the extension from 1st July 1970 of the eligibility limits for assistance under the Scheme these statistics indicated that a further 84,000 families, comprising an additional 271,000 people could become eligible for partial subsidy.

(2)   This information is not available. However, the following information relates to the number of applications actually approved by ,he Department of Social Services for the 12 month period ended 31st December 1970.

The income limits applying to each category of beneficiary are as follows:

Class A - gross weekly family income does not exceed $46.50 or, if the applicant is of pensionable age, means as assessed do not exceed S2418.

Class B - gross weekly family income does not exceed $49.50 or, if the applicant is of pensionable age, means as assessed do not exceed $2574.

Class C - gross weekly family income does not exceed $52.50 or, if the applicant is of pensionable age, means as assessed do not exceed $2730.







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