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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3378

Mr Stewart asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

How many legally qualified medical practitioners specialising in ophthalmology are there in (a) Australia and (b) each State.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Under the provisions of the National Health Act, medical practitioners may be recognised as specialists or as consultant physicians for the purposes of payment of higher rates of medical benefits to referred patients. The numbers of medical practitioners recognised in the specialty of ophthalmology as at 31st December 1971 are as follows:


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