(1) The Minister may,
by notice in the Gazette, set fees (including differential fees) to be charged
by any incorporated hospital in respect of any service provided by it.
(2) Without limiting
the effect of subsection (1), the Minister may provide that no fee is
payable in respect of a service of a specified class or a service provided to
a person of a specified class.
(3) Fees payable to a
hospital (whether regulated under this section or not) for a service provided
by it may be recovered from—
person to whom the service was provided; or
spouse or domestic partner of that person; or
the service was provided to a person under the age of 18 years, the parent or
parents of that person.
(4) If fees are
recovered from a person under this section, he or she may recover as a debt
from any other person who is jointly liable for the payment of the fees a
contribution fixed by the court in which proceedings for recovery of the
contribution are taken.