HC Deb 13 December 1912 vol 45 cc957-8W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, what is the treatment given to the thirty-four consumptives in the West Riding who are receiving their sanatorium benefit under the National Insurance Act at home, where their homes are; and whether such treatment at all approxi- mates to the two years' treatment costing £200 recently mentioned as a typical case of sanatorium benefit?


The eighty-two cases referred to in my answer to the hon. Member on the 10th instant as receiving sanatorium benefit in the area of the West Riding Insurance Committee were given the treatment recommended after medical examination as appropriate to the respective cases. In thirty-four of these cases this treatment was domiciliary, and in three through a dispensary; while the remaining forty-five, like the case referred to in the last part of the question, were sent to residential institutions. Cases in which individuals receive benefits that are very costly in comparison with any payments they can themselves have made are normal accompaniments of such insurance schemes as that of the National Insurance Act, in which large numbers of persons are united in order to guarantee each and all against what may be a very heavy risk for some of them.