Australian surgeons protest at health reformsBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.866b (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:866
- Christopher Zinn
Australia's new federal health minister has confirmed that the health service faces cuts, despite an election pledge by the incoming coalition government to leave the Medicare health system untouched. The move comes as a surgeons' revolt has caused the new government to review controversial reforms to private health insurance introduced only a year ago.
The health minister, Dr Michael Wooldridge, said that the health budget, worth about £10bn, could not be exempt from the …