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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6638


Senator ALLISON (6:26 PM) —As I indicated in my speech at the second reading stage, I apologise for coming to this issue as one newly responsible for this portfolio. Minister Patterson, could you indicate what arrangements, if any, will be put in place under the Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review and Other Matters) Bill 2002 to protect rural doctors, in particular—who may have different profiles from GPs in metropolitan areas—with respect to investigation of these matters? Could you also clarify whether there are special arrangements in place for specialists—who, one would presume, have out of the ordinary prescriptive and other patterns—and whether in fact it applies to specialist doctors?