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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator DRURY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister for Health been drawn to articles appearing in the Adelaide 'Sunday Mail' and in interstate newspapers which state that the Australian Medical Association has drawn up a secret plan which, if implemented, would cost the Government' millions of dollars a year and that one newspaper has obtained a copy of the confidential report? Has the Minister been supplied with a copy of this report and has he made a study of it? ls it proposed to phase out the present pensioner medical service and to place pensioners into established medical and hospital benefit funds at greater cost to the pensioners? Will the Minister ensure that any proposed scheme will not be to the detriment of pensioners and that any proposal will be suitable to them?

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