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Bib ID 1931690
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Australia. Industry Commission
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Description Canberra : Australian Govt. Pub. Service, 1991 
xii, 161 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0644242043

Parliamentary paper (Australia. Parliament) ; 1992, no. 35.

Report (Australia. Industry Commission) ; no. 16.


Recommendations: (a) regulations setting out the criteria on which all medical visas are to be granted be rewritten to reflect the current practice for granting medical visas to foreign patients who intend to receive treatment in private hospitals. Specifically, medical visas would be granted to applicants who: do not have a condition which could be a threat to public health in Australia; have made substantiated arrangements with a hospital or doctor for treatment and payment; have made substantiated arrangements, if the treatment involves an organ transplant, to obtain the organ in a manner which does not compromise the access of an Australian to such an organ transplant; and satisfies other relevant immigration criteria such as those related to national security and the prohibition of entry of criminals (section 4.2); (b) State Governments set fees for foreign patients treated in public hospitals that at least match the cost of the services provided (section 5.1); (c) public hospitals obtain assurance of payment from all foreign patients before major treatment is provided. Where no assurance of payment is forthcoming, patients be informed that they will receive only that medical care necessary to stabilise their condition (section 5.2); (d) foreign students continue to be required to take out health insurance cover before a visa is granted (section 5.3); (e) foreign students be permitted purchase that insurance over from approved domestic or foreign insurers, subject to the following conditions: at a minimum, the insurance provide cover against major medical expenses and hospital care in public hospitals at fees which represent the full cost of the services provided; where cover is obtained from a foreign insurer, the insurer provide the student with a letter stating that the cover at least meets the minimum outlined above; the list of approved insurers include all those which establish that they have suitable facilities for paying benefits to students and/or the providers of medical and hospital services; and the administering department have the power to remove from the list of approved insurers those organisations which are a source of bad debts (section 5.3); (f) If the Commonwealth Government continues to meet the health insurance costs of subsidised foreign students, the department(s) responsible for funding the students make a payment to the Health Insurance Commission equivalent to the expected cost of providing Medicare benefits to those students, and this payment be published (section 5.3).

Full contents
  • Overview and recomendations
  • 1. The inquiry
  • 2. Health care and health insurance
  • 3. Australian exports of health services
  • 4. Direct impediments to exports of health services
  • 5. The efficient provision of health services to foreigners
  • 6. Efficient delivery of health care and health insurance
  • Appendices
  • References.

AGPS cat. no. 9121729.

Bibliography: pages 157-161.

Also published as Parliamentary paper (Australia. Parliament) no. 35/1992.

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Subjects Medical care -- Australia -- Utilization.  |  Medical economics -- Australia.  |  Service industries -- Australia -- Marketing.  |  Health insurance -- Australia.
Terms of Use Commonwealth of Australia 1991. 

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