May I ask the minister a question and probably he realizes why I am
Hospital Insurance Act asking it. It seems to me that the explanatory notes are slightly ambiguous in connection with in-patients and out-patients. According to the explanation, no medication is available to a patient on a take-home basis, but (b) of the explanatory notes reads:
To permit necessary accommodation, meals and drugs being provided in the hospital as part of out-patient services-
The explanation I would like to get is whether a patient needs to be confined to the hospital to receive this medication, or whether an out-patient can come back and forth to the hospital, to the dispensary or to wherever it might be where his medication is obtained. I realize that if it is in the form of hypodermic injections it would be handled in the hospital but if the medication is in the form of a daily dose of a certain type of drug could the patient come back to the hospital every day, or would that be considered in conflict with no medication on a take-home basis?
Topic: HOSPITAL INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS TO AUTHORIZE CONTRIBUTIONS TO PARTICIPATING PROVINCES, ETC.