Tag Archive | Australia

Will we still be allowed BBQs by Sunday?

Here you go. White with one! Thanks. You know, I’m so confused. I thought the right wing lot were all keen on small government and free speech and minimal intervention in our lives. So they say. Why are you confused? Yesterday I read journalists are being reported to the police for reporting the news. That […]

Silence on Violence

Originally posted on One Voice In The Crowd:
Well the Queensland election is now in full swing with both major and minor parties out on the hustings with promises and counter promises announced daily. Asset sales/ leases, new roads, schools, extra teachers, extra nurses, gas & coal mining, saving the Barrier Reef and a plethora…

The growth of Medicare is slowing

Today I draw attention to two “must read” articles which rather contradict the government’s claims about Medicare. The first is by Glen Murray. Like Glen’s graph? Click the graph to read Glen’s full analysis, I guarantee you will find it very interesting! The second article is by Catherine King, published in The Guardian. Catherine refers […]

Open Letter to Sussan Ley on Medicare changes

Dear Sussan, I am glad common sense prevailed today and you called a halt to the changes that were to take effect on Monday. I see this as a reprieve, but not a victory. You have made it very clear you are intent on making changes. I am disappointed you place the emphasis on consulting […]

What is this premature performance costing the taxpayer?

There is something decidedly unwise about pushing ahead with the Medicare Rebate changes supposedly still scheduled to start on Monday, January 19th when those changes are still subject to a Senate vote. As several news outlets reported today, including The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC News, when the Senate resumes in February it is […]

I thought I’m with stupid was a song not a crime

I’m puzzled. Now, I’ll admit making me puzzled is not that difficult these days. The kids do it to me regularly. My doctors manage it every now and then. Politicians puzzle me every waking hour. Even so, I did think “I’m with stupid” was a song, not a crime. Mr Newman or Mr Campbell or […]

Medicare is YOUR insurance cover

Sign the RACGP Petition HERE! When we allow the government to start dismantling Medicare, let us not forget one very important fact. "Medicare…provides a patient rebate, not a doctor payment" The #LNP has cut *your* insurance payment http://t.co/rNXop0EZgI — SirComrade Girlieman (@elronxenu) January 7, 2015 Medicare is the Commonwealth funded health insurance scheme that provides […]

In the Australia of the future, you will fly out to see a doctor

Jane felt the baby’s head. Little Jamie was hot. Too hot. “Philip”, she screamed, “I’m scared!” Jane’s husband dragged himself out of bed and with considerable effort limped down the corridor to his daughter’s bedroom. One look told him she was feverish. Jane was sponging Jamie gently and had administered yet another dose of Infant […]

How Medicare Rebate cuts may impact the patient, other than cost

Previously I looked at the financial aspects of the proposed cuts to the Medicare Rebate. This article assumes knowledge of the previous article. There are non-financial impacts we seriously need to consider. In this article I look at Continuing Professional Development (a doctor impact) and treatment delay (a patient and community impact). Policies, based only […]

You’ve been targeted: supporting the AMA and RACGP supporting us

Should I just put a down payment on my coffin now, Scott? The identity of my Goliath has changed. Right at this moment “Love versus Goliath” can be translated to love for my own health and Goliath, yet again, is the government. Different political persuasion, this government, but essentially the same beast. This isn’t just about […]

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