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- Mum went into Hospital on Friday for a hernia operation*. I picked her up from the hospital this morning. She is tired and doing well, and resting at home. The surgeon told mum that the hernia was one of the largest he'd ever seen, so I don't know how long Mum had been putting up with it. She is one of these "Mustn't grumble" types.

- Instead of being at the hospital on Friday, I was driving to Sydney with steve3 for meetings. It rained all the way down, all the time we were there, and all the way home as far as Bathurst, where the Police closed the highway due to flooding. We back-tracked to Lithgow, then took a short-cut through Wallarawang and then home via Mudgee. The drive took 7 hours. It rained all the way. Sheets of water covered the road in many places and the Lexus' traction control system kicked is quite a few times.

- I released the Peewees today. They are treating the garden as an extension of the cage floor and wondering where this water falling on them is coming from. They spent 2 weeks in the large aviary and were getting quite wild. They also love the meal worms I threw on the floor of the cage, so now they are tearing up the garden mulch and grumbling about the lack of said meal worms.






*The Socialist Medical System forced my parents to pay the hospital $0 for the operation and 2 nights accommodation. The examinations and pathology was that much again.

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*The Socialist Medical System forced my parents to pay the hospital $0 for the operation and 2 nights accommodation. The examinations and pathology was that much again.

Those....MONSTERS!

Glad to hear she's recovering :)

I don't know how ever they are going to be able to afford that. Glad to hear things are going well.. even if a bit soggy.

*The Socialist Medical System forced my parents to pay the hospital $0 for the operation and 2 nights accommodation. The examinations and pathology was that much again.

And this would be why I emigrated to Australia and Paul did not move to the US. Filthy socialists, we are, and completely unashamed. Hope your mum feels better soon!

*The Socialist Medical System forced my parents to pay the hospital $0 for the operation and 2 nights accommodation. The examinations and pathology was that much again.

This is me being envious that you live where there is a functioning Socialist Medical System forcing them to make such payments.

*looks at latest set of medical bills*
*whimpers softly*


Edited at 2012-03-04 07:28 am (UTC)

I am always puzzled by your fellow American's fear of cheap medical bills. I keep hearing it wouldn't work Over There, and I keep hearing of friends with horrible medical bills *if* they can get medical attention.

In the mid-20th century, the American Medical Association (more or less the equivalent of a union for doctors) was vehemently opposed to anything resembling "socialized medicine" - remember, this was the Cold War era, and "socialism" was a code word for "communism", which we all knew was the ultimate evil. That was about the time when medical costs started to rise steeply, too, for a number of reasons, among them the fact that more people were suing doctors for malpractice, which meant that doctors had to buy malpractice insurance.

Pretty soon a doctor or hospital bill was usually too high for all but the wealthy to pay out-of-pocket... and thus the concept of "medical insurance" was created. Things started to get more and more complicated, with "co-pays" and deductibles and all sorts of other nonsense, and soon people couldn't afford to buy medical insurance either. Some employers offer their workers some form of subsidized insurance. However, you see the situation in the US today, where many people (like me) have no health insurance at all, or what they do have doesn't begin to meet the costs.

I don't really comprehend medical "insurance". We don't have "police insurance", to cover the cost of crime prevention - that just comes out of our taxes. But Americans also don't like to pay taxes. And the right wing keeps bringing up the boogymen of "socialism" and "big government" and "your tax dollars paying for some slut's abortions".

I don't understand why the US doesn't just ditch this entire mess and have the same set-up as other civilized countries: if you need a doctor's care, you get it, period, and the government pays the doctor. But I'm probably some sort of commie hippie pinko leftie who doesn't even deserve medical care.

It's Communism.

You know, like sharing a bathroom.

Considering your socialist medical policy, its a good thing your borders are closed and people just can't walk in. Because if they could a LOT of people would be eyeballing Oz for the possibilities. ;)

This. We only accept overstaying Brit tourists and itinerant Kiwis. The rest have to beg to be allowed to set foot here.

Yay on your mum though, and nag her a bit about Taking Note Of Pain And Doing Something About It.

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