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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister for Health been directed to a recently released report on the British national health scheme? In view of the fact, that the report refers to an appalling waiting list for hospitalization and a scandalous wastage of medical and surgical skill. I ask the honorable gentleman whether the report has not a great significance for Australia in that any disturbance of the doctorpatient relationship can have ruinous consequences. Furthermore, will the honor able gentleman say what is the essential difference, from the viewpoint of the contributor, between the British national health scheme and the brilliantly successful Australian national health scheme?

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