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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1553

Sir JOHN CRAMER (BENNELONG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Social Security: In the Minister's announced scheme for a socialised health service, which he assures us can be financed on a taxation levy of 1.35 per cent of taxable income, is it proposed that doctors will render their accounts direct to the Government? Was a similar scheme introduced in Canada? Has the Minister seen the comment of Dr Maurice Le Clair, Deputy Minister of Health in Canada, in which he said: 'We have come to the inescapable conclusion that we have the wrong system'?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - I need not say that I do not share the doctor's view, if that is his view. I will be tabling the report of the Health Insurance Planning Committee a little later in the day. It sets out the details of the program that we will be proposing. The honourable member will see that it is an Australian program and not the Canadian one.

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