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Thread: Austraila Residents

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    Austraila Residents

    was talking about meds. and wondered if medicine is socialized in Australia.
    thanks for the infor.
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    Interesting. Apparently it's a combo system. Found this article, although it was written in 2010 so may be somewhat out of date:
    http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index....&askthisid=474

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    thank you for the interesting information.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    I'm no Aussie, but I do medical transcription for an Australian company (yay internet). Hopefully our Australian friends will correct me but this has been my experience typing out their records.

    It is a dual system in which if you can pay for private coverage you can or you can be taken care of in the "government" system. My experience has been that seeing a GP (general practitioner) is not terribly complicated and they are usually accommodating with appointments. It's seeing a specialist that takes time and having surgery too. Those run on categories of urgency. I've seen someone have a heart attack and not get a follow up with a cardiologist for a few months because that specialist was booked so far out (now that doesn't mean the GP may not be doing the necessary tests and intervention in the meantime). I have also seen women with very painful endometriosis go months without their approved surgery because they weren't urgent enough.

    If you pay private I believe it's pretty much like here.

    So my experience from the other side of the earth is that it's great, unless you need a specialist or aren't in danger of death or loss of limb in the near future.

    That's just what I've seen in my work. Hoping our Australian friends can chime in.
    ~Sharon

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    The Australian system sounds like the UK. Free if you want or you can pay for private consultations and treatment.
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