X-Ray Examination.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Insurance. – in the House of Commons on 14th May 1925.

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Photo of Sir Basil Peto Sir Basil Peto , Barnstaple

61.

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the fact that the assistance of X-ray examination is not one of the benefits provided under the National Health Insurance Act; and, seeing that this is now essential to correct a diagnosis in many cases, and in view of the fact that the development of radiography is approximately coeval with the Act, he will amend the Act to give the advantages to insured persons?

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

64.

asked the Minister of Health why, among the benefits provided under the National Health Insurance Act, no provision is made for X-ray examination; and whether he will take steps to see that. this omission is remedied?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

Payment for an X-ray examination can at present be made under the National Health Insurance Act only where the examination is incidental to a service, such as dental or hospital treatment, made available to members under an Approved Society's Scheme of Additional Benefits. The question of any extension or development of the benefit,: of the Act. is now under consideration by the Royal Commission on National Health Insurance, to whom am forwarding my hon. Friend's suggestion.