Axing census would cost healthcare dollars

The federal government is considering replacing the five-yearly census with a “smaller sample survey” in this year’s budget to save money, according to a Fairfax media report, which says the move was initiated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler said his first reaction was one of concern. 

“That information and data is very important for planning long-term health infrastructure, particularly for things like public hospitals where they should be located, funding, what

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