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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2928

Debate resumed.

Mr SINCLAIR —The other thing that worries me greatly in the general application of Medicare is that it seems to be based on 50 per cent of the community remaining members of private funds. In my view that will not be so. I do not believe that that will be possible of achievement in the country areas. I sense that the Medicare proposal and even the changes proposed in the Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) will finish up in a real medi-muddle, with higher costs and very real disadvantages for patients around Australia. I do not believe that the changes introduced by the Minister for Health (Dr Blewett) either in this Bill or in his other Medicare practices will in any way assist the average patient. The average taxpayer certainly will pay dearly. I fear that the patient will receive a far lower standard of medical care than has been the case traditionally in this country.