Re: More Green Party

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 12:40:59 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 11:05 PM 28/06/00 -0500, Bonnie wrote off list but maybe it's of general
> interest:
> >What I REALLY wanted to know about Australia was [...]what happens when a
> person
> >needs medical care?
> These days I go to a `bulk billing' private clinic up the road. You walk in
> off the street and wait half an hour or whatever and see the guy and he
> diagnoses/writes or renews scripts/does minor stuff with scalpel or dry ice
> or other rudimentary surgery. Again, this is paid for by signing a chit.
> I'm on a few drugs for blood pressure etc, and I pay $A20.60 a month for
> them (subsidised by the state). Antibiotics cost about the same for a
> course. I was flabbergasted to learn that you guys have to pay $100s.

Not everyone. I for example, have not kept health insurance in over ten years,
have not had any health problems that a trip to the local drug store and some
bed rest could not cure. I estimate I have saved over $25,000.00 in insurance
premiums in that time. I know that insurance, private or public, is merely a con
game to get healthy people like me to pay for other people's problems. Now I'm
going to be painted as a cruel, cruel, and selfishly mean person for living this
way. Too bad. Its my money.

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