The Competition Weapon - In 1995 the Trade Practices Commission examined the impact of the 'Hilmer Competition Reforms' on the medical profession. What, they asked, will be the benefit of lifting the so called restrictions on specialist supply? The answer: a "1.25% decrease in medical specialists wages causing a 0.17% reduction in wages for the health industry."
Newsletter Editorial, September 1998 The Competition Weapon
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