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Healthcare: 'Doctor obsession' to lead to cost blowout

Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 1st January, 2014

Decisions made by Tony Abbott when he was health minister will soon cause a blowout in healthcare costs dwarfing the money saved by introducing a $6 fee for GP visits, a health workforce expert says. As health minister in the Howard government, Mr Abbott oversaw a massive expansion of new medical schools and student intakes, leading to an oversupply of graduating doctors, said Peter Brooks, former director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute and now a professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne. Australia is expected to have 2811 superfluous doctors by 2025, based on proj...


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