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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3246 ..

be provided with a packed lunch, prepared by the AMC Catering Unit. Where a detainee is required to be admitted to an external health care facility for an extended duration, the detainee will be provided with patient meals by the health care facility. ACTCS does not provide detainees with takeaway food or delivery options.

(5) If a detainee's admission to an external health care facility has required ACTCS to notify the nominated Next of Kin (NoK), the NoK are able to arrange visitation while the detainee remains in the health care facility.

Health—chemotherapy (Question No 1564)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 8 June 2018 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Health and Wellbeing):

(1) In relation to the answer given at (2) in question without notice taken on notice, dated 11 May 2018, does the "co-payment for chemotherapy" refer to the chemotherapy medication or the chemotherapy treatment service.

(2) What is the average amount of the co-payment across relevant chemotherapy medications if the co-payment refers to the medication.

(3) If the co-payment refers to the treatment service (a) why is a co-payment required and (b) what is the average amount of the co-payment across relevant chemotherapy treatment programs.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) "Co-payment for chemotherapy" refers to the chemotherapy medication.

(2) Chemotherapy co-payments are set in accordance with PBS schedules. Currently, per medication, the general rate is $39.50 and the concession rate is $6.40.

On 4 July 2018 the ACT Government announced that ACT cancer patients will receive more financial support during their chemotherapy treatments, with the ACT Government delivering on our commitment to meet the cost of chemotherapy medication co-payments. Work is underway to have this in place by the end of July 2018.

(3) "Co-payment for chemotherapy" does not refer to the chemotherapy treatment service.

Questions without notice taken on notice

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory—casual vacancy

Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Wednesday, 9 May 2018):

I first became aware that former Senator Katy Gallagher may have been ineligible to stand as a candidate for the 2016 Federal Election on or around the 29 August 2017 through media reporting.

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