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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 816

Mr MacKELLAR(10.21) —I take up the point again about visiting medical specialists particularly in the non-teaching hospitals and in the country areas of Australia.

Mr Cunningham —You would not know anything about it.

Mr MacKELLAR —That is something coming from the honourable member.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Millar) —Order! The honourable member will disregard interjections.

Mr MacKELLAR —The fact remains, Mr Deputy Chairman, that if this legislation is introduced there will be an extremely strong disincentive for private specialist radiologists and other specialist medicos to work and to provide services in non -teaching hospitals, particularly in country areas. It could be, and in fact it is likely if this legislation is enacted, that people will be very grossly disadvantaged in areas where their alternative sources of health care are very restricted.