Yay for the Australian medical system.

Today I am grateful for living in a country where medical services are freely available (in the cities anyway) and accessible by all, without being dependent on the ability to pay for those services. We have had a lot of medical expenses over the last 4-5 years and over the last year especially. I am thankful that Medicare covers the bulk of those costs (for non-Aussie readers most Australians pay a 1.5% income tax levy which funds the national health system) and our private health cover picks up a substantial portion of the rest.

I stopped counting when I got to 50 medical appointments (just for me) for 2011. My car “knows” the way to our medical practice and can get there on autopilot. So today I give thanks for a doctor who bulk bills my daughter’s visits.

Yes, I know the system has its faults. Yes, I know waiting lists in the public system are increasing and if you live in regional or remote areas, things can be very grim.¬† But it’s good to live in a country where a heart attack will not bankrupt you. My mother spent 6 weeks in ICU in South Africa after heart surgery (in a private hospital) and the bill was more than the value of my parents’ home. My dad never recovered from the debt.

So thank you, Dr L, for bulk billing MissN and thank you, Australia, for Medicare.

Jude 2

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4 Responses to “Yay for the Australian medical system.”

  1. JustMEinT Musings Says:

    What can I say – I too need to use the medical sysytem very often, and am greatful for Medicare. I HAD to have medical treatment in the USA and the cost for one 23 hour period in hospital for cardiac stenting was over one hundred thousand dollars…. phew we were insured! I get annoyed with waiting lists and exorbitatnt co-pays, few doctors and specialists in our area etc…. but at least we have Medicare right!

  2. wjcsydney Says:

    Hi, thanks for your visit and comment. I think the Australian Medicare is somewhat different from the USA’s Medicare but thankful you have a system, even if it is more expensive and doesn’t cover everyone

  3. broadsideblog Says:

    Sorry for all your doctor visits!

    My mother was in the hospital for 3.5 months in Canada last year, with multiple surgeries and rehab….no bills, ever. I live in NY and will need a hip replacement…we will have to be meticulous before even booking it to try and avoid any last-minute surprise bills, as they tend to be enormous.

  4. Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo Says:

    Word.

    My little incidents would have cost 100’s of 1000’s of dollars.

    I prefer those numbers on my fairy bread.

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