§ Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Health whether, in order to avoid unfair competition among approved societies, he will insert in the new Health Insurance Bill, already promised, a provision whereby a legal contract of membership of the society shall not be valid prior to the entry into insurable employment of the applicant?
§ Mr. E. Brown
As employed persons become entitled to, and may require, medical benefit as soon as they enter insurable employment, I think that the amendment suggested by my hon. Friend would operate to their disadvantage because under the arrangements envisaged by him delay in securing medical benefit would be inevitable in many cases.