Healthcare is important to me. I get injured a lot. Not always very seriously, but definitely regularly. To illustrate, here is a (non-inclusive) list of some of my injuries:
August 2014 – While bike-riding in Netherlands, I fall off my bike and my knee bends 43 degrees the wrong direction. I go to emergency where I am laughed out of the room by the on-call doctor – it turns out the Dutch only go to the hospital for life-threatening reasons – which I suppose explains why I was the only one in the ER.
October 2013 – While playing my second (and last) floor hockey game with Dan’s boy-heavy team, I fell to the ground – thinking I’d been slashed by another player. Writhing on the floor in agony, I screamed at the tiny Asian girl who’d been closest to me, demanding she explain why the &*$# she’d slashed me??? Dan ran over and assured me she hadn’t slashed me, that I’d just fallen to the ground. I found out later that an Achilles tear can feel a lot like a slash – but that if it’s going to happen to you, it won’t matter what you’re doing or where you are. It will happen.
October 2012 – I get cleared off the back of a trotting horse by a low-lying tree branch (yes, just like the movies), land on my head, get a serious concussion and while in the hospital, contract Norovirus.
That’s just the last few years!
Other injuries have included:
- doing a hockey side-stop on rollerblades resulting in a hard fall wherein tiny fragments of my femur broke off, penetrated my quad muscle and calcified, necessitating months of ultrasound and physiotherapy;
- getting clotheslined across the thighs by a taut wire holding up a snow-fence while playing with the dog causing massive bruising across my legs;
- moving logs and posts off trucks as part of a fundraiser, and pulling, while dad pushes a log which gives way, right into my forehead;
- falling off a wall in the backyard and scraping open the flesh on the back of my legs etc. etc. etc.
This to say, I’m not a careful or graceful person, so healthcare is important to me.
So here’s the overview: Australia has universal healthcare coverage, with a private system available for those who want it. Pharmaceuticals are heavily subsidized, as are hospital stays and many other healthcare needs.
We will be covered almost as soon as we land in the country.
It’s a comprehensive healthcare system.
As long as you aren’t an aboriginal…
[Dan says I need to research this a little bit more. He says some of the stuff in here is not correct vis a vis Australian healthcare. He thinks I spent too much of the post illustrating why healthcare is important and no time at all actually talking about healthcare. How true].