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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

The Government then commenced an intensive study of the Nimmo report almost immediately after the report was tabled. In keeping with its aim to accord the highest priority to matters requiring immediate attention, the Government acted promptly to introduce an entirely new scheme based generally on the Nimmo Committee's finding that some groups in our community experience difficulty in meeting the cost of health insurance. Under this new subsidised insurance plan, which came into operation on 1st January last, families on low incomes, persons receiving unemployment and sickness benefits, and newly arrived migrants are given special assistance in obtaining health insurance cover. I will shortly provide details of proposed extensive improvements to this scheme of assistance as it applies to families on low incomes. The far reaching changes already introduced have clearly established this Government's determination to aid those ill and infirm members of our society who need, and are entitled to receive, assistance. However, the additional measures of major importance which I now propose to outline will strengthen even further our health benefits plan.

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