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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3574

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned electors of the Commonwealth of Australia shows:

That your petitioners strongly believe that it is the right of every Australian citizen to have freedom of choice of medical and hospital care. We also believe that every Australian citizen is entitled to adequate and competent medical and hospital care no matter what level of income he receives.

We believe that if the proposed National Health Scheme is based on the Deeble Report, it will immediately for some, and ultimately for all citizens take away their freedom of choice of medical and hospital care. It will also take away the autonomy and independence of private hospitals, as will be seen from paragraphs 3.31 and 3.43 of the Report.

Your petitioners therefore ask that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled instruct the Minister that the National Health Scheme should acknowledge the right of every Australian citizen to a free choice of medical and hospital care, and should guarantee the right of independence of the private hospitals. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Erwin.

Petition received.







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