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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1905

Mr Bourchier (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   Will a general practitioner under the proposed National Health Scheme be able to treat his own patient in a public ward at a general hospital either as a private patient or as a public patient.

(2)   Will a general practitioner be permitted to operate on his patient who is in a public hospital.

(3)   If a general practitioner is permitted to treat his own patient, will he be paid on the sessional basis or as for particular service.

Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) The recommendations of the Health Insurance Planning Committee relating to the honourable member's questions are set out in paragraphs 3.60 to 3.67 of the Health Insurance Planning Committee's Report.

The recommendations in the report are currently being discussed with the medical profession, other interested professional organisations and State governments. The Government intends to issue a paper shortly, after the views submitted to it by interested bodies have been fully considered, setting out its decisions regarding the recommendations in the report.

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