Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare and Private Health Insurance) Bill 2003

Type
Government
Portfolio
Health and Ageing
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the: Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953 and Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998 to enable registered private health funds to offer insurance plans to cover all out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-hospital Medicare rebatable services in excess of $1 000 in a calendar year; and Health Insurance Act 1973 to establish a new safety-net for concession card holders to cover 80 per cent of out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-hospital Medicare rebatable costs which have exceeded $500 in a calendar year; and provide for the introduction of an electronic direct billing option (whereby patients assign their Medicare rebate to their doctor and pay only the gap amount to the doctor), to be available to general practitioners who participate in the General Practice Access Scheme. Also contains application provisions.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 May 2003
Second reading moved 28 May 2003
Second reading agreed to 16 Jun 2003
Third reading agreed to 16 Jun 2003
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17 Jun 2003
Second reading moved 17 Jun 2003
Lapsed at end of Parliament 16 Nov 2004

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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