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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Although introduction of the far-reaching changes which I have just outlined involves considerable administrative effort on the part of both the health insurance funds and my Department, the Government is determined that the new arrangements should become effective with a minimum of delay. It therefore intends to introduce legislation which will come into operation as soon as practicable after it has been passed by Parliament.

I turn now to other proposals arising out of the Nimmo Committee's recommendations and the Government's intensive review of the health benefits plan.

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