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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 276


Mr McLEAY (Boothby) - I desire to withdraw the notice which I gave previously for General Business Thursday No. 9. I now give notice that on General Business Thursday No. 9 I shall move:

That a select committee of the House of Representatives be appointed to inquire into and report on the effects on the Australian community if the present voluntary health insurance scheme is replaced by a compulsory, tax financed health insurance scheme as recommended by the Health Insurance Planning Committee and, in particular, to determine:

(a)   any likely inflationary effects;

(b)   any overutilisation of medical and hospital services;

(c)   the cost to individuals, particularly in relation to hospitalisation;

(d)   any discriminatory aspects for certain categories of taxpayers;

(e)   any erosion of an individual's freedom of choice of doctor or hospital; and (0 its effects on the national economy and the quality of health care for present and future generations of Australians.







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