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Thursday, 28 June 2001
Page: 25496


Senator HARRADINE (11:36 PM) —Mr Temporary Chairman, could I ask the government to give a certain undertaking. This legislation relates to pathology services, and in the context of the increasing corporatisation of medical services, including pathology, I believe it is essential that there be some sort of process of review to ensure that the public funding of pathology services does not become a prime revenue raising target for the for-profit companies. More and more, these services are being supplied by medical corporations. I believe it would be very important for the minister to outline to the committee what steps are to be taken to ensure that the public funds that are spent on pathology services cannot become a prime revenue raising target for the for-profit companies. Presumably, within the department of health, there will be some monitoring of this, and I would like to hear either now or if you could take it on notice the government's response on that matter.