§ 28. Mr. CLARRY
asked the Minister of Health the estimated total annual amount required to make the National Health Insurance scheme solvent on its present basis; and the total annual amount that will be saved to the scheme by the modifications and regulations now contemplated under the various Acts?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Mr. Shakespeare)
There is no ground for the assumption that the National Health Insurance scheme as a whole is insolvent on its present basis, as my hon. Friend will see by reference to the last report of the Government Actuary on the Valuations of the Approved Societies (Cmd. 3978), a copy of which is in the Library. The second part of the question is understood to relate to the provisions of the National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions Act, 1932, and I would refer my hon. Friend to the report by the Government Actuary (Cmd. 4073) which was presented when the Bill was before the House.
§ 29. Mr. CLARRY
asked the Minister of Health the estimated number of persons falling out of medical benefit under the 1038 national health insurance scheme in the county borough of Newport on 31st March next, the approximate amount saved to the scheme thereby, and the consequent additional-expenditure incurred by the Newport Public Assistance Committee?
§ Mr. SHAKESPEARE
The termination of the right to medical benefit takes effect as from the 30th June and the 31st December of each year. Information is not yet available as to the number of persons in Newport who will cease to be entitled to medical benefit as from the 31st December next.