A good friend of mine got a tooth infection and couldn't afford to go to the dentist and was waiting until she could save up enough to pay for it. She didn't make it in time, the infection spread to her heart and she died. She was 29. This should not happen in a first world country. It's totally unacceptable.
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27-04-2016 18:50 #41
27-04-2016 18:51 #42
Completely agree about Gonksi. What frustrates me is that the very families that the current govt considers 'leaners' are the ones that will most benefit. Spend the money to ensure these 'leaners' are better educated and their kids will have better jobs and pay more tax. Thus this generational cycle of poverty and welfare can be broken. And research from other countries all over the world proves this method works.
27-04-2016 18:56 #43
27-04-2016 18:59 #44
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27-04-2016 19:07 #45
The legislation they introduced over the years banning tobacco product advertising, compulsory labelling showing graphic images of the effects of smoking, compulsory shelving of tobacco products behind plain cabinets so that the product brands can't be seen by customers etc - not to mention banning smoking from bars, clubs, restaurants, public spaces, entry ways to buildings etc.
None of these changes would have been accepted by the public without a strong education campaign about the dangers of smoking, and tax revenue from tobacco sales would have helped to fund these campaigns. It's only a matter of time before the same sort of attitudes toward things like sugar drinks change, and a change in attitude starts with publicly funded campaigns.
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27-04-2016 19:07 #46
I've never been to a public dentist but a family member who is a carer for their disabled partner told me if you need anything more than a small filling they just rip the tooth out. I understand the tax payer shouldn't have to fund veneers and 20k in crowns. But they said their partner has had pretty much all their teeth pulled out rather than getting inlays/onlays etc.
27-04-2016 19:12 #47
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27-04-2016 19:32 #48
I've said it before - I think non smokers lack a lot of insight into the addiction of smoking. What works and doesn't work. Why people smoke to begin with. Why the finally give up.
27-04-2016 19:36 #49
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27-04-2016 19:42 #50
I can't remember which government it was that did it, but I loathe the resettling of legitimate refugees in PNG. Kind of off topic but I'm in a mood to rant.
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