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Thursday, 5 March 1970

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that in the scale of most common fees published in the 'Medical Journal of Australia' of 7th February 1970 a prostatic resection operation in Tasmania is listed as attracting a. most common fee of $80 and that the fee for the same operation in Victoria is listed as J>2J0. In view of the excessive difference between the two charges will the Prime Minister give Victorians free air fares to Tasmania, which would save the Government ยง100 an operation, or will he ask his colleague the Minister for Health, when he returns, to examine this situation and explain to the House why there is a difference of nearly 300% between the two costs?

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