Just need to get this off my chest, and this is about the only Australian forum I’m a member of…
My sister in law has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis came after a biopsy was performed, which identified it as triple negative - a very aggressive cancer, that “could” have grown from nothing to a 50c piece within a matter of months. The doctor advised her at the time of diagnosis that if the cancer was only in her breast, she had a very good chance of surviving, if it was also in her lymph nodes, that chance dropped to about 70%, but if it had already spread to other organs, she would be considered terminal.
In order to make this vital determination, she had to have a full body scan, and that was going to be 10-12 weeks away. Given the kind of cancer… that kind of time frame could be long enough for it to spread.
Luckily for her, thanks to someone she knew (and not going into details…) she was able to get that full body scan 2 days after her diagnosis. The cancer has spread to some of her lymph nodes, but the doctor is very hopeful. She has already started therapy, and we are hopeful for her outcome.
BUT… if she hadn’t got in for that scan as fast as she did… ???
Medicare is meant to give us all free healthcare. If we want more, we can pay for private care. But even before COVID the system was failing.
I don’t know what the answer is, I doubt the government will increase Medicare further, especially after its increase for the NDIS… I don’t like that private health care is subsidised through taxes, and I’d love to see some figures showing that that system is still working at relieving strain on the public system. My understanding is that the private system does a really good job at making a profit, and not much else…