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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1380

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - ls the Minister for Health aware that one of Australia's most respected health administrators, Dr Sidney Sax. has just published a book in which he says that Australia's health care systems, including the national health scheme, have reached a serious if not critical situation? Dr Sax has called for a total reexamination of the Government's role in health care. Does the Minister intend to initiate such a procedure on the needs, organisation and efficiency of Australian health care systems?


I have not yet read Dr Sax's book, but I will certainly do so as soon as possible and I will arrange for it to be the subject of a study by my Department. Dr Sax is a senior officer of the New South Wales Department of Health. Therefore his statements, as reported in the Press, concerning desirable developments in the field of health care warrant our close attention. That is axiomatic. I will consult with Mr Jago, who is the Minister for

Health in New South Wales and to whom presumably Dr Sax presented his book, as Mr Jago virtually is Dr Sax's ministerial head, concerning the attitude of his Government to the views expressed by Dr Sax.

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