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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3435..


(5) The school was not closed.

(6) A number of other high schools have experienced absenteeism consistent with illnesses occurring mainly during winter. Confirmed cases of pertussis have been associated with the majority of ACT secondary schools and a small number of primary/pre-schools. All schools were contacted in relation to pertussis in May, June and August and again when there has been a confirmed case at the school.

Hospital services

(Question No 854)

Mr Smyth: asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to the provision of hospital services to patients who live outside the ACT:

(1) How many patients living outside the ACT were treated in each of Calvary Public Hospital and The Canberra Hospital in 2001-02 and 2002-03;

(2) What is the estimated total cost to the ACT health system of providing hospital services to patients who live outside the ACT;

(3) How much was recovered from (a) the NSW government and (b) other state governments for providing hospital services in Calvary Public Hospital and The Canberra Hospital in each of 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The patients treated from outside the ACT at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public hospital are outlined below:

Table 1: Inpatient, Emergency Department (ED)* and Outpatient Clinic** episodes for non-ACT residents, ACT public hospitals, 2001-02 and 2002-03

Year

Episode Type

The Canberra Hospital

Calvary Public Hospital

2001-02

Inpatient

12,760

1,852

ED/Outpatient Clinic

40,283

7,475

2002-03

Inpatient

13,978

2,418

ED/Outpatient Clinic

43,536

7,001

* ED episodes include both admitted and non-admitted episodes. Admitted episodes are also inpatients.

** TCH ED/Outpatient episodes exclude medical imaging and pathology episodes. Calvary ED/Outpatient episodes include unknown number of radiology episodes.

(2) It is only possible to provide a rough estimate of costs for 2001-02. Hospital cost data for 2002-03 is not available yet. In 2001-02, the estimated cost of providing hospital services to patients who lived outside the ACT was $60 million.


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