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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

As evidenced by the introduction of the subsidised health insurance scheme, the Government recognised the need to avoid undue delay in implementing any necessary changes in our health benefits plan. However, the range of matters dealt with in the Nimmo report is so wide and the changes which it recommends are so substantial that the Government was bound to thoroughly evaluate every aspect of the report and to carefully examine all its implications in terms of optimum standards of health care, Commonwealth-State relations, levels of governmental expenditure and similar important questions. The Government also desired to consult with representatives of the health insurance funds, the medical profession and other interested bodies, and to provide an opportunity for the report to be publicly debated. The Government has now virtually completed its evaluation of the Nimmo report and has decided to adopt the majority of those recommendations by the Committee which it is practicable to implement at this stage.

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