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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1560

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - For the information of honourable members, I present a report from the Health Insurance Planning Committee which was established on 22nd December 1972 to prepare detailed recommendations for implementing the new universal health insurance scheme. The Committee was chaired by Dr John Deeble and the membership included Dr Richard Scotton and officers of the departments of Health and Social Security. I would like to thank them for their work in preparing the report.

I wish to point out at this stage that the Government is not bound to accept the recommendations in the report. I am tabling the report as part of our policy of providing information publicly in order to stimulate discussion. The Government hopes to be making its decision on the details of the universal health insurance scheme as soon as possible.

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