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May. 22nd, 2014

09:41 am - You wish you were as classy as me

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Date:May 21st, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
He fixed a nonspecific shoulder injury and an occupational overuse one in my neck. He's pretty good at working out what's causing the problem and providing exercises to strengthen the bits that need it to prevent future problems.

Meanwhile, I don't know what NZ's system is called. We have the following:

1. An organisation that bulk buys medications and decides on the level of subsidy - the more necessary the medication, the higher the subsidy. My Mum's cancer prescriptions cost her three bucks, things like Botox? Not so much.

2. Subsidies for all medical care, based on income. So my medical care is probably about half paid for, someone on a lower income will have more of it paid for. So for me, the doctor is about $60-$80, for my son it's about $25.

3. No charge for accident related treatments, and some people qualify for compensatory payments if accidents affect their ability to earn.

4. Free maternity care, free doctor visits for kids under 5, free vaccinations for kids, dental for kids up to 18, and a constant debate about raising the cutoff point for kids' free visits.

It does work, more or less. I like that someone like me who has a reasonable income and can afford it, is essentially carrying more of my own weight, which leaves more of the public fund to be spent on someone who'd have a harder time paying for themselves. I like that when it came down to brass tacks, the state picked up over a million dollars worth of medical and surgical cost for my Mum's illness. If this were the US, my brother and I would both be bankrupt over that.

I also like that folks can have insurance if they want to jump queues, but it's not compulsory and the state system is good enough - people have much less trouble getting their insurance companies to behave decently here.

Make of that what you will. From what I understand, Australia's system is slightly more socialised than ours but I don't know how well it works.

Edited at 2014-05-21 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 22nd, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
I totally don't have a problem with paying when I'm able to pay. It used to be that all doctors' visits were free for everyone, unless it were a private practice. Now, there are very few places which charge nothing, but Medicare will still pay most of the bill. Children up to age 16 are free, all childhood vax are free, dental is free in the school dental programme from age 5 up to age 17, and they're also rolling out dental subsidies for low income families so that children can see the dentist 'free' before they start school.

The issue is, apparently, that with an aging population, more people will go to the doctor more often and it will become unaffordable. So they want everyone, regardless of income, to pay $7 per visit (capped at a certain number). They're justifying it by saying that it's only worth a few cigarettes or a beer. Yes, because obviously people on a lower income all drink and smoke. That's probably why we needed to go to the doctor in the first place.

My thought is that it worked pretty well, and they could save the money somewhere else, because I think stopping people from going to the doctor will mean you're putting greater pressure on the hospitals (oh, which they will also charge you for your visit, if it's determined you could have gone to see the GP and were just trying to avoid paying the $7).

Sigh. I hate our government right now. And I don't use that word lightly.

Anyway. I hope the osteo is able to help you this time as well. It sounds like a better bet than your doctor.
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