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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1702

Senator MILLINER asked the Minister for Health, upon notice: ls the Minister aware that out-patients at private hospitals in Queensland are denied reimbursement of fees by hospital benefits funds when the operating theatres at such hospitals are used; if so, is this a new procedure.


The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Prior to the reconstruction of the hospital benefits tables in Queensland on 1st November 1971, most hospital benefits organisations provided an ancillary benefit for operating theatre fees, but did not observe a common policy in respect of out-patients. Although contributions did not generally have an entitlement to such benefits, they were paid in some cases on an ex gratia basis, at the discretion of the organisation's management committee.

The Queensland Council of National Health Benefits Organisations considered this matter on 7th March 1972, and recommended that hospital benefits organisations in Queensland introduce an ancillary benefit of $10 to be paid where an outpatient has been charged by an approved hospital for the use of an operating theatre. I understand that Queensland organisations are currently considering this recommendation.

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