HC Deb 20 June 1935 vol 303 cc563-4
32. Mr. THORNE (for Mr. HICKS)

asked the Minister of Health the annual amount paid to national health insurance doctors for the last three years; the amount paid out by the approved societies to their members during the same period; and the amount paid to the drug fund during the same period in Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. LAMBERT WARD (Vice-Chamberlain of the Household)

I have been asked to reply. As the answer contains a number of figures my right hon. Friend will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The following particulars relate to England and Wales. As regards North Ireland I have not the desired information and as regards Scotland I would refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State.

The amounts paid to insurance practioners from National Health Insurance funds, including payments for drugs in certain circumstances, during the years 1932, 1933 and 1934, were as follow:

Year. Amount.
1932 6,875,014
1933 6,898,822
1934 6,995,255

The amounts paid to chemists in respect of National Health Insurance prescriptions were as follow:

Year. Amount.
1932 1,994,393
1933 1,948,090
1934 1,945,056

The capitation fees payable to insurance practitioners and the dispensing fees payable to chemists were subject as from the 1st October, 1931, to the 30th June, 1934, to an economy deduction of 10 per cent. and as from the 1st July, 1934, to the end of the period covered by this statement to an economy deduction of 5 per cent.

The amounts paid in benefits (other than medical benefit) by Approved Societies during the same years were approximately as follow:

Year. Amount.
1932 19,385,000
1933 19,240,000
1934 18,083,000