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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 645

Health Insurance

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

(1) 19AB has been in place for almost 20 years and has not solved rural and remote shortage problem. In the last update, there were more Districts of workforce shortages than previous years (2) Changing of 19AB legislation is probably the only way for the government to implement the recommendation 27 of the Lost in the Labyrinth Report published by the Commonwealth of Australia in 2012 (3) 19AB is probably contributing to the surplus of out of hours GP services in metropolitan areas rather than solving shortages in rural and remote areas (4) A large number of professional and industrial bodies oppose 19AB and a wider consultation is required (5) Australian citizens IMGs should not be subject to this restriction as it is not consistent with Australian values of equal opportunities. In actual fact, a New Zealand citizen would have more opportunities than an Australian citizen under the current roles. Furthermore a temporary resident would have more opportunities when considering 19AB and 19AA than an Australian citizen (6) An enquiry into the cost of implementing and effectiveness of 19AB should be considered as part of this debate or review (7) Relevance of 19AB to some medical specialities is questionable (8) A review of this legislation is more pressing now when there is already a consultation / consideration to remove some medical specialities from the SOL and when discussing changes to the 457 visas. In any case, such restrictions should never be applied to Australian citizens.

We therefore ask the House to Review and Change current 19AB legislation of Health Insurance Act 1973.

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