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Thursday, 25 March 1999
Page: 3254


Senator TAMBLING (11:29 AM) —Let me give the assurance that patients will be treated under the public health system, but it is, as I have said previously, a matter of making sure—whether it is in hospital or in the approved facility—it is the most appropriate that is available.

I did say earlier that we are concerned that changing the fee to 85 per cent could provide a perverse incentive to shift inappropriately. It was more the financial dynamic of it rather than where—and I am not questioning it—the proper and appropriate health care should take place. We all accept that. There is, by the intent of Senator Chris Evans's amendment, the introduction of this financial aspect.