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Australian health insurance reforms face collapse

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1287

The Australian federal government's radical reforms of private health insurance are threatened with collapse after specialist doctors moved to boycott contracts that would give patients 100% medical cover.

In the first of a series of nationwide meetings 220 specialists in Sydney called on the government to withdraw the bill, which is due to pass into law this month after 53 amendments in the Senate.

They also recommended that doctors should refuse to enter into contracts with the private health funds when the legislation is passed.

Health minister Dr Carmen Lawrence accused the profession of trying to protect their incomes and said that she was disappointed that some doctors had …

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