Senate debates

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Questions without Notice


3:09 pm

Photo of Fiona NashFiona Nash (NSW, National Party, Assistant Minister for Health) Share this | Hansard source

It is interesting to note that a range of those costs for retired people are not attributable to government. The report overstates the effect of the measure on older Australians by including per capita services across the whole population over 65. While the rate of service use and concession card status increases with age, the report does not exclude those items which are not included in the measure—for example, chronic disease management plans. It uses averages, rather than medians, and it is biased by using a small number of people. So the report, in a lots of ways, overstates the effect.

There are obviously a number of views about that report and other reporting on the budget. This government will ensure— (Time expired)


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