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Doctors' incomes in Australia spark row

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:678
  1. C Zinn

    A controversial study showing that some specialist doctors received more than $A700 000 (pounds sterling 280 000) a year from the public Medicare system has sparked a big row between doctors and the federal government. Senator Graham Richardson, the health minister, told parliament that some of the nation's surgeons were “greedy” and “exploited” their patients by charging excessive fees. He warned that any increases in the health budget would not be used to prop up the incomes of specialist doctors. “The great majority of doctors - more than two thirds - choose not to exploit their market power, but one third does. A minority of them exploit their position and do so shamelessly,” he said.

    The Australian Medical Association (AMA) accused the senator of indulging in the “politics of envy.” The …

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