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Tuesday, 22 February 1977

Dr CASS (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) -My question is directed to the Minister for Health. He will recall that recent Press statements have alleged that pathologists' incomes have more than doubled in a year because of kick-back payments to general practitioners which encouraged these doctors to overutilise pathology services at public expense. I ask the Minister: As these allegations are of a very serious nature and seem to involve millions of dollars of public funds, will he assure the House that the final report of the working party examining pathology services, due I trunk in December last, will be tabled in this House? Can he also assure the House that the second annual report of Medibank due to be tabled shortly will contain relevant information about doctors' incomes so that the Parliament and the public can assess the truth of these allegations?

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