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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ - Several problems have been raised by the honorable member. The first point is that in no circumstances would I interfere with medical treatment which is the responsibility of a doctor. Whatever treatment a doctor provides is his responsibility and is part of a contractual arrangement between him and his patient. If the Australian Physiotherapy Association feels that there is some breach of ethics in relation to medical treatment the way is open to the Association to discuss the matter with the Australian Medical Association. It is not a matter in which the Government can interfere. If there is some individual case that directly concerns the Government - for example, the treatment of a pensioner under the pensioner medical service - which the honorable member can bring forward, I will certainly see that it is examined. The question of the inclusion of physiotherapy and other paramedical services under the national health scheme is a matter of policy that can be considered only at the appropriate time.

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