Is this considered a reliable Australian News source

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Henry Schobin Forum Pro • Posts: 12,780
Re: Is this considered a reliable Australian News source

Roger99 wrote:

aus4ever wrote:

Roger99 wrote:

FeedMe wrote:

aus4ever wrote:

FeedMe wrote:

It's a bit of bullshiit..

"..half said they would not visit the doctor when sick.."

Aussie's have medicare, so doctors cost only the gap payment, about $30 and prescriptions are free or $5 (depending on what welfare you're on).

I won't dispute the 10% poverty thing - it's pretty true, but that is just sensationalist crap.

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I don't care enough about you to put a sig. here.

Medicare is not totally free. There is a 1.5% levy off taxable income.

True, I forgot that bit.. Howard said that the "user pays" - he meant "the user pays thrice".

You pay income taxx, then you pay a levy, then you pay tax on things..

Did you know that in 2004 the take on cigs and alcohol was substantially MORE then they paid out to Medicare.

They could have just allocated that tax to Medicare and it would have more money!

GP consultation is usually free, but the prescription can be quite expensive, $20 to $30 easily.

That's for everyday workers - he was mentioning living on low income (low pay or dole), and low income gets the Medicare drug rebate thing and scripts only cost $5.20 (it might be a little dearer by now).

The problem is that they allow the companies to charge what they choose (under the no-price-fixing laws) and Medicare only pays a certain value, the rest you pay.

e.g. Doctors charge $60, you have to pay $28, or thereabouts.

Interesting. I haven't paid a cent for decades (outside tax levies and drugs) and that includes a couple of visits to hospital for surgeries. I must be on some special deal.

I suppose you are talking about public hospitals?

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Australia, home forever.

Yep, of course, but can't fault the treatment although the first visit about 25 years ago was more like a well catered hotel visit for four days. The last time for the same surgery at the Alfred was like an assembly line and I was hobbling down the road 6 hours later and still a little drugged. Maybe it isn't so good any more getting the freebie.

Your eyes are starting to open - "free" healthcare isn't so great once everyone tries to get in on the action. Your next time there may not be any free money for drugs, they'll just tell you to "think happy thoughts" while they cut you open in the parking lot.

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Rethink your last comment.

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