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Australia to reintroduce quotas on foreign doctors

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.900a (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:900

Australia's medical students have backed plans to reintroduce quotas for the number of foreign doctors who can practise in the country. But they remain unhappy about the government's planned restrictions on the number of doctors who can claim under the Medicare system.

Prime Minister John Howard has said that there will be a review of the quota system as part of the government's plans to reduce costs in the federal Medicare health service. Health minister Dr Michael Wooldridge was more forthright. “If you are a doctor living overseas and thinking of coming to Australia, by all means come but don't ever expect to practise on Medicare,” …

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