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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1922

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many health benefit organisations are at present registered in Australia, excluding duplicate registrations because of multi-state operations.

(2)   How many branches are proposed for the new Health Insurance Commission.

(3)   How many agencies are proposed for the Health Insurance Commission.

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

(1)   The number of medical benefits organisations and hospital benefits organisations registered under the National Health Act as at 30 September 1974, excluding duplicate registrations because of multi-state operations, is 79 and 85 respectively. These figures do not, of course, include the numerous branch offices and agencies maintained by the organisations.

(2)   and (3) These matters are at present under consideration in connection with the discussions taking place with private health insurance funds.

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