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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2461

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

(1)   What is the weekly family contribution charged by the major hospital benefits organisation in each State.

(2)   What action has been taken on the Nimmo Committee's recommendation that the hospital insurance scheme be rationalised by confining benefit tables to three benefits each equal to one of the three levels of hospital fees in force in each of the States, namely for standard, intermediate and private wards.

Mr Swartz The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The weekly family contribution rates charged by the major hospital benefits organisation in each State as a 1st September 1971 are as follows:


(2)   Except for the State of Queensland, where hospital charges are currently under review, tables have been introduced which provide benefits exactly matching the charges, including extras, currently made by public hospitals in each State. In South Australia and Tasmania an additional table has been introduced to provide benefits towards charges by private hospitals. All old benefit tables have been closed to new members and will be discontinued after contributors have had sufficient time to determine their new insurance requirements.

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