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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Dr FORBES (Barker) (Minister for Health) - by leave - Mr Speaker, His Excellency the Governor-General has already foreshadowed major changes in the Government's health insurance programme during this Parliament. I appreciate the opportunity of providing the House with further information concerning the wide ranging improvements which the Government intends to introduce. As long ago as February 1968 the Prime Minister (Mr Gorton) clearly indicated his intention to review thoroughly and, where necessary, extensively improve the health insurance scheme. With this clear objective and on the firm foundation of schemes introduced by previous Liberal-Country Party Governments, we have already made great advances in providing security against the cost of illness - advances of which this Government is justifiably proud.

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