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Shona Holmes: Crusader for Justice or Fox "News" Prevaricator?

Posted on 2009.28.07 at 11:23

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i lost to a hamburger...
littlealex at 2009-07-29 01:09 (UTC) ()
since Canada seems to be the ONLY system being compared to ours these days

Would I be wrong in figuring that this is because they're next door, and nothing to do with the quality/representative nature of its national health care system.

But because I realize I know so very little about Australia's NHS (Medicare), I will give you some facts you probably already know, being interested in the subject more than I am:
- had a hard time getting passed, but did so in 1975 (yay Whitlam!)
- is paid for by a 1.5% income tax levy.
- directly after inception was split into public and private branches (both owned by the government) but the private one has been completely privatised.
- cost $18.3 billion in 2007-08, which is about 43% of the health budget.

However, I can't say anything about hospitals and waiting times because I've never had to go to the hospital (well once, but it was a public hospital and the waiting time was because it was a public holiday and anyway I only had tonsillitis, it wasn't going anywhere.)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-07-29 01:51 (UTC) ()
Would I be wrong in figuring that this is because they're next door, and nothing to do with the quality/representative nature of its national health care system.

Oh, definitely. The general thought of the average citizen is that any national health system is the spawn of Satan. Canadians are singled out because they're next to us. Of course, they're singled out with almost no knowledge of Thing One about the country, mind you, but you're right, it's proximity.

Apparently Australia is one of the systems our federal government has looked at because of its two-tiered system (along with Germany, IIRC). I'm only just starting to read about Australian politics and stuff, so I don't know any stats about its effectiveness (except for the general idea that as a rule people in countries with national health systems tend to be healthier than we are).

Edited at 2009-07-29 01:52 (UTC)
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