The Australian Healthcare System

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  1. barryqwalsh
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    About Medicare
    Medicare provides access to a range of medical services, lower cost prescriptions and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. All eligible Australian residents and certain categories of visitors to Australia can enrol in Medicare and access these services. We administer Medicare and pay Medicare benefits on behalf of the Department of Health, which is responsible for developing Medicare policy.

    If you are eligible, Medicare covers:

    • free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists, and in specific circumstances, dentists, and other allied health practitioners
    • free treatment and accommodation for public Medicare patients in a public hospital
    • 75% of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures if you are a private patient in a public or private hospital – this does not include hospital accommodation and items such as theatre fees and medicines
    We pay Medicare benefits in accordance with the legislation governing Medicare and we are not able to pay benefits outside of this legislation.

    The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) lists services that are subsidised by the Australian Government under Medicare. Check if a service is listed under Medicare on the Department of Health MBS Online website.


    Medicare - Australian Government Department of Human Services
     
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    But... Socialiiism!:9:
     
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    Dear barryqwalsh
    This could probably be organized by STATE to manage the budgets, expenditures, and enrollments
    WHILE TRACKING ANY ABUSES.
    Because of the size and diversity of populations and regions in the US,
    trying to build a system to manage this on a FEDERAL level is not the way to start.

    Walmart is huge but started with ONE location before expanding.
    Nobody can expect to open up branches in all states at the same time, serving all the populations and expect to manage the costs, expenses, losses, management in a cost effective ACCOUNTABLE manner.

    Good stable businesses that sustain start off by managing LOCALLY
    before expanding nationally and globally.
     
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    Sam had to do some pretty shady operations to make it above the local K-Mart....
     
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    Good point Moonglow
    My point was that any operation has to start off locally before expanding nationally to cover a broader population and demand.
    But you bring up an even BETTER point.

    How many liberals are AGAINST the corporate abuses in order to manage operations that size?
    Why do people who distrust CORPORATIONS because of the SIZE of the resources and power
    CONCENTRATED IN THE HANDS OF THE FEW
    "trust FEDERAL GOVT" to handle ALL THE NATION'S health care
    through a politicized system of Congressional representation that we have no direct say or control in?

    If we want to go back to Mom and Pop shops that bigger corporations have "put out of business" by undercutting the competition,
    why would we want to give centralized govt a MONOPOLY
    instead of empowering local communities to run their own operations?
     
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    The communities that have the lack of resources will never get implemented..
     
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    Dear Moonglow
    The whole point of "equal protection of laws" is to remedy this.

    We can tell which districts need help,
    * if their economy is going down, businesses are shutting or Walmarts leave
    and there is a gap where there is no local grocery, pharmacy or other business
    for miles. That is an opportunity to invest and create jobs/businesses to MEET that demand.
    * if their crime rate and amount of taxes spent on incarceration
    EXCEEDS the money needed to cover education, housing and health care to be SUSTAINABLE.

    If we can address this DRAIN on the state and local budgets,
    don't you think that through the school system, we can identify
    districts that NEED HELP to address social ills that exceed their capacity and facilities to meet the demands of the local populations?

    What a concept, right?
    To actually USE reps per district to access NEEDS of constituents
    THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT
    and make sure the ILLS and COSTS of crime, health care and social/business needs
    don't exceed and strain the local resources.

    Shouldn't we HIRE govt officials to ADDRESS and REMEDY strains on the budget
    and seek to INVEST and CREATE JOBS where there IS A DEMAND.

    IF GOVT OFFICIALS FAIL TO DO THIS WORK, DON'T YOU THINK
    WE SHOULD FIRE AND HIRE EFFECTIVE REPS WHO CAN DO THE JOB???

    Between charities, businesses, schools and govt,
    you don't think every community can assess the Needs and Demands
    of its local populations, and go through the school and govt channels, even
    the media or online, to REPORT what problems need to be corrected?

    We can't use our media, parties and govt connections to resolve these things?
    Why not?
     

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