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Health Insurance Amendment (Rural and Remote Area Medical Practitioners) Bill 2000

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia







Health Insurance Amendment (Rural and Remote Area Medical Practitioners) Bill 2000



(Amendments to be moved by Ms Macklin)


(1)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 25 to 26), omit subsection (4), substitute:

             (4)  This section applies to contracts only if:

                     (a)  entered into after the commencement of this section; and

                     (b)  that provide for:

                              (i)  consideration by a person who is not a party to the contract of any application by the medical practitioner

                                        (A)  to vary the terms of the contract to allow suspension of an obligation, or

                                        (B)  for relief from the sanction provided for in subsection (1) (whether it is an application in respect of all or part of the period that would be applicable to the practitioner under subsection (2)); and

                             (ii)  certification by the person contracting with the Commonwealth, that the person, before entering the contract, received independent professional advice about the contract and that the person fully understood the obligations he or she enters into under the contract.

(2)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 26), after section 19ABA, insert:

     19ABB  Certain contracts with the Commonwealth to contain particular provisions regarding breach

             (1)  This section applies to a contract with the Commonwealth under which the other party to the contract agrees to work in a rural or remote area.

             (2)  A contract to which this section applies is not enforceable unless the contract stipulates, in the event that the party does not become a medical practitioner, either:

                     (a)  the amount to be repaid by the party, together with interest; or

                     (b)  a method of calculating the amount to be repaid by the party being a method that includes interest.