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Email from my cousin in Australia about their health care system

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Message Laura Roslin

My cousin in Australia describes their universal health care system. From her email, I now know the truth - we in the US have been hoodwinked. Lied to. Sold out. Our country is NOT the greatest when it comes to health care. We are being corporatized to death!

An email from my cousin in Australia, about their health care system.

She grew up in New Zealand, now lives in Australia, and her siblings (my other cousins) still live in NZ. Keep in mind she is 49 years old. Names disguised for privacy sake.

My question

I was reading on the internet that NZ has "public" health care where the government pays for much of your visits to hospitals and or for surgery? And that if you want "speedier" health care, you can purchase private health insurance?

My cousin's answer:

That's right, NZ's government has always been 'for the people', our healthcare system is very good indeed.
It's been a long time since I lived in NZ though and I don't have the most recent information on their services. But when I was growing up in NZ everything was free, schooling, (except private schooling and University), medical care, dental care, prescriptions, ambulance etc. However, once a person becomes a wage earner they must pay
for their own dental care, although for low income earners or other people in difficult circumstances, the government will subsidize the cost of medicine and treatment. Housing is subsidized too.

A couple of years ago A--- and I went over to NZ with C---- who had picked up a virus at one of the airports, when we arrived in NZ we took him to the local hospital and they gave C---- the very best care, they provided us with medicine, an after-care program and it cost us absolutely nothing!

My question

What is that like?

My cousin's answer:

NZ and Australia have a similar system, most hospital care is free. However, if you want elective or cosmetic surgery you must pay for it.

Medical insurance is a good thing to have, here the government actually pays for some of it as a tax refund.

A---- and I have private coverage, so we have more choice, I can either go to a public hospital for free or I can choose to go to a private hospital and my medical insurance will pay for it. The advantage of medical insurance is you don't have to wait as long for treatment and the medical care is often better as a paying patient.

Readers, what does it feel like to read the truth?
What does it feel like to know what has been possible all along, but we were denied it? If you "get" this, please recommend, Digg it and also share with a friend. Thank you!
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