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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1545..


Canberra Hospital-clinics

(Question No 352)

Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2001:

In relation to The Canberra Hospital:

(1) For each of the last three years, for each clinic of The Canberra Hospital:

(a) How much money was bulk billed; and

(b) How were the monies disbursed or expended by the hospital.

Mr Moore: The answer to the member's question is:

1 (a) Bulk-billing covers services provided by Salaried Medical Officers at The Canberra Hospital under private practice arrangements. Under bulk-billing, the Health Insurance Commission (Medicare) is billed by The Canberra Hospital acting as an Agent for the doctor engaged in private practice. Payments are received from Medicare and disbursed by the Hospital in a trustee capacity for the doctors.

As the payments are received under the name of the doctor and not for an Outpatient Clinic, the Hospital has allocated the payments to the most appropriate Clinic.

The table below presents details of payments received by the Hospital from bulk-billing for 1998-99, 1999-2000 and the first nine months of 2000-01.

Payments to The Canberra Hospital from Bulk-billing

1998-99 to 2000-01

1998/99 1999/00 2000/01

Cardiology $271,853 $268,037 $192,199

Endocrinology $124,135 $130,018 $108,503

Gastroenterology $51,545 $49,692 $67,143

General Surgery $9,040 $12,017 $11,408

Infectious Diseases $42,463 $66,068 $41,804

Intensive Care Unit $9,055 $4,667 $7,223

Medical Oncology &

Haematology $218,860 $152,886 $161,647

Neonatology $1,200

Nuclear Medicine $436,969

Midwifery, Obstetrics

& Gynaecology $183,955 $195,294 $127,945

Occupational Medicine $200 $5,579


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