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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2949

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say bow many (a) general practitioners and (b) specialists there were in each State and Territory in the latest year for which figures are available.

(2)   What was the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) general practitioners and (ii) specialists who were registered in the Local Medical Officer Scheme.

Mr Holten - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I note that on 10th May 1972 my colleague the Minister for Health provided information concerning general practitioners and specialists. I am unable to expand on that information. (Hansard, 10th May 1972, page 2382.)

(2)   The Local Medical Officer Scheme is designed to provide a full scale general practitioner service for eligible patients, and is supplemented by specialist services as required. The number of doctors enrolled in the Scheme who have specialist qualifications is not separately maintained. At 30th June 1971 there were 6,206 doctors enrolled in the Scheme. This is about 84 per cent of the estimated number of general practitioners in private practice in Australia.

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