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. PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR RALPH HUNT

NEW COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED TO

. ■ HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSION

The Minister for Health, Mr Ralph Hunt, today announced the

appointment of new Commissioners to the Health Insurance Commission*

Mr Hunt said the appointments had been made in accordance

with amended legislation on health insurance which came into effect on November 1.

The Commissioners are: . . '

, Mr R. H. Kronborg, General Manager of the Austin Hospital,

Heidelberg, Victoria (Chairman);

* Mr R. G. Williams, General Manager of the Health Insurance

Commission;

* Mr Co R. Wilcox, Deputy General Manager of the Health Insurance

Commission; .

o Mr W. A e Butterss, Managing Director of Hardie Trading Ltd;

* Mr F. W. Millar, Chairman of Thomas Nationwide Transport; and

* Mr K. N. Willis, a Canberra businessman and former head of Willis

'■group of companies.

' Mr Hunt said the new.Charter of the Commission . required it to operate competitively in the private health insurance market.

Accordingly, it was appropriate that the new Commissioners

should include leading representatives of the business community

who would provide valuable input to the commercial aspects of the

Commission’s operations.

The Minister said that, in addition,-he would be seeking

to appoint a union representative to the remaining vacancy.

Mr Hunt paid tribute to the retiring Commissioners, and

said he wished to place on record the Government's appreciation

of their work. .

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He said that during their period in office there had been '

substantial changes to health insurance arrangements, and it pas

largely due to the guidance of the Commissioners that Medibank had

operated so efficiently throughout. · ' '

The Minister said the new Commissioners had been appointed for'

a two-year period.' '

CANBERRA: 13 November 1978

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