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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

In recommendation 35 the Nimmo Committee has proposed that no health insurance fund at present registered under the National Health Act be excluded from the scheme if it is willing to comply with the new conditions recommended. This reflects the Committee's finding that there is no support for the view that the numbers of different organisations adds to the cost of the scheme. The Government endorses this finding and accepts the Committee's recommendation. This will mean that all contributors will continue to have the opportunity of membership in a fund of their own choice. In many cases they will secure their health insurance coverage at relatively low contribution rates which reflect the efficiency of the funds to which they belong and will obtain other advantages arising from the personalised and highly satisfactory service provided by smaller funds.







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