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Conflict Likely Over Public Hospital Beds CANBERRA, Tues.-The in troduction of the Government's new hospital benefits scheme to day will lead to an early con flict between the State and Federal authorities on the place of public hospitals. Some preliminary argument was heard last year at the Pre miers' conferences. Most States are adhering to the Federal Labour Govern ment's scheme of completely free public hospital beds but the latest section of the na tional health scheme is a move to a contributory social services scheme. The reintroduction of the means test for public hospital beds is inevitable under the new scheme of hospital insur ance through a registered or ganisation. The matter will reach a climax when the Chifley Government's subsidy of 8/ a day for every patient is reviewed this year.

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