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and if some or all of the fee is not covered by Medicare the patients must pay the private fees themselves.

Importantly, Mr Speaker, just because they are members of the public, that does not mean that they are public patients. It is only when a patient is referred to a public hospital or another public health service for care that they can be classified as a public patient. This includes inpatient, outpatient and emergency department services within a public hospital.

Mr Smyth: Put down the speech and explain about the—

MS GALLAGHER: If the patient were to be seen by a specialist clinician in an outpatient clinic at a public hospital, then that patient would be—

Mr Smyth: Show us you are across the board.

MR SPEAKER: I name you, Mr Smyth. You were on a warning and you got plenty of advice.

Question (by Mr Corbell) put:

That Mr Smyth be suspended from the service of the Assembly.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Mr Mulcahy

Dr Foskey

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Smyth was therefore suspended at 3.08 pm for three sitting hours in accordance with standing order 204, and he accordingly withdrew from the chamber.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher’s time has expired. A supplementary question, Ms MacDonald?

MS MacDONALD: Thank you, minister. As well as finishing the question, could you also give an example of how a constituent might navigate around the health system?

Mrs Dunne: If you’ve got a cheat sheet from the minister, it might be done like this.

Mr Seselja: Don’t read it this time Katy; don’t read it this time.

MS GALLAGHER: I have to read it because I have to go step by step.

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