The impact of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement on the provision of health services in Australia

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Bryan Mercurio details, evaluates and critically analyses the eight provisions relating to health services and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. He argues that while the agreement may result in uncertainty and discontent among some in the Australian academic and health services professions, there is nothing in the AUSFTA that will lead to the dismantling of the PBS. He also concludes that it is unlikely for a dispute resolution panel convened under the AUSFTA to restrict Australia's ability to make key public health decisions.

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