Daily Prompt: Right to Health … Wow what a question for an Australian

8 Feb

So often, Americans compare our healthcare system with the Canadian and, somehow, find the Canadian comes up short. Franky, many Americans find any healthcare system other than ours lacking in something yet we continue to rail about high costs, insurance premiums, HMOs, etc., etc., etc. And we justify our system by retailing random tales of dissatisfied citizens from other countries.

Here is a tale from a satisfied citizen of another country: Australia. Here in the States, we don’t often hear about Australian health care. I somehow believe that Americans might listen to an Australian, given our similar histories.

Daily Prompt: Right to Health … Wow what a question for an Australian.


4 Responses to “Daily Prompt: Right to Health … Wow what a question for an Australian”

  1. thestick81 February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I am Australian and have tried to explain our system to many US citizens in online forums before. They argue back ‘oh yeah but you also have some of the highest taxes in the world’. Well, not really. Off the top of my head (you can look these up) 15% up until 40k then 30% up to 80k, then gradually increases, capped at 47%, however, low and middle income earners with children get a stack of other tax offsets. And lets not forget our world leading welfare system for the unemployed, single parents and the elderly. It is tax money well spent, plus our wages are double that of the US, so we still take home more. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of room for improvement still, there simply isn’t enough hospital beds etc (I could go on) but the fact any pregnant woman can have all prenatal care for free, deliver the way she likes and walk out of that hospital with just a baby and no bill, then get paid parental leave, is a really good start.

    • jmlindy422 February 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      I was on an HMO plan when I had my son; our out-of-pocket expense was $5. I had all the same treatments my doctor’s other patients had, with the exception of a “let’s just take a look in there” early ultrasound. I’m afraid that, even if we could guarantee that the drop in insurance costs would offset any increase in taxes, the only thing Americans would hear is “increase taxes.”

  2. philosophermouseofthehedge February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I don’t know. Different countries deal with different populations and different problems. It’s hard to really understand unless you know the age groups and medical histories so you can compare like cohorts.
    During the past months I’ve heard from Australians who are very unhappy with their system and shared real experiences. (Also interesting to note: Australia has strict rules for immigration: education levels, careers, aged, and amount of money in bank before immigrating.)
    I’ve also read some blogs about the system in the UK. – some of which sounds like poor treatment compared to what’s here. (Interesting, my neighbor is a Brit, but he’s recently retired and prefers the medical care here.)
    People(rich and poor) come from all over the world to get treatment in our medical centers. Why is that?
    Hospitals all over the US routinely treat patients that would be ignored or die in their own countries – for free – because it’s the right thing to do.
    A complicated issue
    My kid also “cost” about $5.00 out of pocket here, too.
    I’m fine with managing my own healthcare and medical emergency funds.
    KIds, we should take care of.
    But people who choose to take risks like smoking, drinking heavily, or ride motorcycles without helmets(you can add more risky behaviors here) – they are welcome to do so – but why should I pay for their care when they have medical issues due to their own choices?
    Complicated issue


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