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Health and Ageing Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]

Health and Ageing
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Amends the: National Health Act 1953 to: increase the maximum number of members of Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; provide for payment and/or waiver of recovery of 90 per cent of the value of pharmaceutical benefits supplied from an unapproved relocated pharmacy where the pharmacist has subsequently obtained approval; allow an agent to make and sign an application for a pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) safety net concession or entitlement card; provide that certain ministerial determinations apply to the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by hospitals in the same way as they do to supply by pharmacies; clarify the decision-maker’s discretion to cancel approvals to supply pharmaceutical benefits; and allow a medical services provider to send claims directly to the Health Insurance Commission; Health Insurance Act 1973, Health Insurance Commission Act 1973, National Health Act 1953 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that special supply arrangements can be used for the funding particular medicines not available through the PBS; Health Insurance Act 1973 to restore specialist recognition status for certain specialists; and ensure that overseas trained doctors do not receive Medicare benefits for assisting at operations unless they have an exemption or have committed themselves to providing services in districts of workforce shortage; and Aged Care Act 1997 and Health Insurance Act 1973 to make technical amendments and corrections.


Introduced and read a first time 27 Mar 2003
Second reading moved 27 Mar 2003
Second reading agreed to 26 Jun 2003
Third reading agreed to 26 Jun 2003
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Jun 2003
Second reading moved 04 Mar 2004
Second reading agreed to 01 Apr 2004
Third reading agreed to 01 Apr 2004
  • Act no.: 50
  • Year: 2004
21 Apr 2004

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