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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 777

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Health. Is it a fact that a person treated for an injury in a hospital operating theatre but not admitted to hospital overnight receives no medical benefit for this treatment? If this is so, would not this be a positive inducement to over-hospitalisation in an effort to provide health insurance benefits for the patients? Will the Minister have a look at the situation and see whether anything can be done to remove this anomaly?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON I think this matter was raised by Senator Douglas McClelland during the last series of sittings. The implication has been made that health insurance benefits are not given in certain circumstances to people receiving treatment as outpatients. I would like to give a detailed reply to this question because it does not lend itself to a simple answer at question time. I certainly shall obtain from my Department a considered, detailed reply to the honourable senator's question.

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