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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

The new medical benefits arrangements are based on the same common fee concept as the Nimmo Committee's recommendations regarding medical benefits. Comprehensive surveys of fees actually charged by medical practitioners in all States have been undertaken by the Australian Medical Association and the health insurance funds, for the purpose of determining the most common fee for each type of service - that is, the fee most commonly charged for the particular service. The Australian Medical Association has submitted to the Government lists containing the most common fees in each State for well over 1,000 medical services. The Government has accepted the fees contained in these lists as the fees most commonly charged by doctors, and it is on the basis of these fees that the new medical benefits have been determined.

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