Den (dewhitton) wrote,

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Australian Medicare

There are no such things as medical health Death Panels. Just stop it.

If you lived in Australia, how much would your Medicare Contribution be? I pay about $750/year to Medicare and $1200/year for private insurance, because Medicare doesn't cover Ambulance, non-emergency dental, or spectacle frames. It pays for the lenses. I could get very cheap glasses if I wanted to look like Buddy Holly (less the talent)

If I lived in Sydney, I could have had all my surgery done under Medicare quicker than out here, if I was prepared to wait. Cost to me - $0 + 6months. Out Here in the bush, the wait is close to 12 months. If my problem was cancer treatment would begin immediately. I elected to have it done under private insurance to get it done quicker. Total cost to me $780 up front to cover excesses and gap.

Mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsy were all charged to Medicare. Cost to me beyond Medicare contribution = $0

My asthma medication comes under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Cost to me without PBS = $35.00. Cost to me because of PBS = $11.50 Cost to my Mum, who is a pensioner = $3.50

Medicare cost to Australia = 9% of the GDP

When equity is at work, sick individuals who seek help have their needs met. There is no compulsion or competition. No one is told, “Your need is too great; we can’t afford to treat you — unless you can pay for it yourself.” Patients in need of a heart transplant or expensive long-term therapy for HIV have the same degree of access —equitable access — to medication and care as patients with hypertension or mild asthma. Nor are sick people told, “Because you are old or poor or receive a pension, the government will pay for your healthcare, but will pay the doctor only half or three-quarters of what he or she would receive from treating a younger, rich person.”
So the care provided under this definition is impartial.Who you are or how much money you have does not determine your care.Equitable care does not depend on your fame, fortune, or your ability to pay.
The principle of universality, on which Medicare has been built, takes seriously the reality that sickness and accidents happen chaotically to any of us, and that a humane and caring society wishes all its citizens to have the same access to the same standard of care, according to need, and unrelated to their financial status. This principle should apply to all public expenditure on healthcare in this country.

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