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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2463

Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many items available to non-pensioners under the National Health Act are valued at less than the proposed $1 charge.

(2)   Will the Minister supply a list of these items to enable patients to obtain them without prescription or on prescriptions not written under the Act.

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

(1)   At the present time, approximately 229 ready-prepared pharmaceutical benefit items are valued at SI or less. It is not possible to specify any number for extemporaneously-prepared benefits, due to the varied nature of such benefits which doctors are able to prescribe.

(2)   It would be meaningless to patients to publish a list of the items concerned because of the number involved and because of varying Stale requirements concerning drugs available without prescription.

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