Outside major cities, there are no bulk billing GPs.
Patients’ only choice is seeing a private GP – often charging in total (Medicare rebates of this) per consultation – and private specialists who usually charge 0 or more out of pocket.
So this stuff – health economics and sociology – is compulsory material in med school.
It’s appalling then, to see doctors complain that “the poor” spend “all their money on junk” and that they should all be spending on exorbitant medical fees instead.
You’d be surprised by this but there are doctors who honestly don’t find any problem with the government forcing poor people and pensioners to pay out of pocket for GP visits.
We went to a lovely café with good coffee, good food and genuinely friendly and helpful staff. He once complained about the intercity train arriving 1 minute early meaning he missed the train and got to work an hour late.
I haven’t had enough headspace due to too many work hours.
And once you haven’t updated something in awhile it gets harder and harder.
For members of the Liberal and Labor Party who are already scamming money from public coffers? People who have never had to struggle a day in their lives, who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth, who were spoon-fed all through private school, who were the entitled descendents of generations of “doctor families”, of course “born to rule” and who met their first poor (or lower middle class) person as a medical student and were horrified by their “lack of breeding”, their coarse words and unfashionable clothing, their disgusting teeth and awful health, their lack of refinement and their inability to understand medical terms. I wish them adequate competition and adequate public jobs. I wish them being forced to live through the “horror” of health equity.
And most of all I wish them no more fucking negative gearing and mortgages and k weddings and k wedding rings and private school fees, because let’s face it, I haven’t really had time to update this thing, even though I’ve wanted to.