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    Default It didn't hit me until yesterday, what a great country we live in.

    It is so easy to be constantly reminded about the negative parts of our country, but yesterday when I was dealing with the public hospital system, I realised how fortunate I am to be able to access free and good quality medical services.

    All of the doctors and nurses on the children’s ward were absolutely fantastic, and nothing but professional. They lovingly tended to my child, and had concern for both myself and DP while we were trying to navigate the situation and barrage of information floating our way.


    Yes, the $15 car park fee was a little annoying (ok, a lot annoying), but still we got through it and our loving little DS is safe and sound, with our little mini nurse DD taking good care of him. J


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    I agree and I think it's quite humbling sometimes. When DH and I have had to take DS or DD to hospital we have only had really wonderful service and treatment from the doctors and nurses. When DS had bronchialitis he saw something like 2 GPs, 1 overnight hospital visit with various doctors and nurses and xrays and it cost us nothing. When DD had interseceptions (potentially deadly intestinal twisting) she had a series of ultrasounds in a room set up especially for children with lots of interesting things to look at on the walls and ceiling including a disco ball so she could watch the lights. She stayed in hospital and was reviewed by a number of surgeons and paeds to assess her situation - no cost to us.

    A few years ago my Dad was rushed to hospital with an burst abdominal aorta aneurism which is 99.9% of cases means certain death. The skill of the ambos, surgeons, nurses etc meant he survived. He had to stay in intensive care for a few days which I believe costs thousands of dollars. Cost was nothing.

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    You just have to watch the news to realise how lucky we are most days. There is good and bad in most things but I think here the good more than out weighs the bad.

    I am single and have my own little piece of land with a roof over my head, a secure job, food, clean water, clothes. I have babies on the way and I know I'll be well looked after and so will they throughout pg and birth and beyond. Not many places that people could say that and yes it will be a struggle once the little ones are here but we'll be healthy and not in fear of our life. It's a good place to be.

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    So true. I was in a waiting room yesterday and overheard a couple of older ladies talking about their home countries (Europe & Africa) during the war, etc and how lucky we all are these days. I really wish more people would remember what it was like several decades ago and a quit complaining!
    We live in one of the greatest countries in the world imo

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    Very true. It wasn't till I spent 3 months in a war torn 3rd world country that I appreciated the littlest of things. I'll never forget the moment when the plane touched down at Brisbane Airport, I burst into tears like a crazy lunatic. lol. Everybody was just looking at me.

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    Even compared to other 1st world countries we have it sweet here.

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    I agree with you all. We are fortunate to have access to public hospital treatment but it essentially isn't free. We have already paid for it without realizing due to the taxes we pay.

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    I have had one day needing extra specialist care for a very minor condition, not life threatening at all, and I was able to access everything I needed without waiting and without cost. I am very thankful, I know our taxes are used to cover these things, but I would gladly pay more taxes so everyone who needs help could get it. marie

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    I had a similar feeling when I was pregnant with DS when I had stroke symptoms, presented at my local rural hospital, was flown in a helicopter manned by four doctors to Adelaide, was met at the Adelaide hospital by a team of ten stroke doctors and had two nights stay there without it costing me a cent, even in PHI. It's incomprehensible to me that if I lived in other Western countries that would result in a bill of tens of thousands of dollars and would likely leave me in financial ruin, PHI or not.

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    I agree with you all. We are fortunate to have access to public hospital treatment but it essentially isn't free. We have already paid for it without realizing due to the taxes we pay.
    Yes, but our taxes are a proportion of what we earn, and therefore a proportion of what we can afford (in theory), however our public healthcare in most cases doesn't limit us to what we can afford...

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