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Friday, 30 April 1971

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -^ Has the Minister for Health seen a report that the New , South Wales. Branch of the Austraiian Medical Association has assured the New South Wales Minister for Health that the medical profession in New South Wales will not cease home visits, but that a group of doctors at Hurstville has placed a distance restriction of lj- miles radius of the surgery on such visits? Has he also seen a statement attributed to the Secretary of the New South Branch of the Australian Medical Association that whilst he did not know of other doctors making this type of restriction, he is sure there must be some. Will the Minister agree that if any distance restrictions at all are placed by any medical practitioners on home visits, then there could well be a snowballing effect, thus depriving many contributors to medical insurance funds of their entitlement to home visits and ensuring a consequential saving to the Commonwealth and funds on refund benefits? In order to protect fully the rights of medical insurance fund contributors, will the Minister discuss with his counterpart in New South Wales - the New South Wales Minister for Health - and the Australian Medical Association this matter to ensure that all contributors to funds are not deprived of their right to receive home visits irrespective of the distance they might live, from a doctor's surgery?

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