posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 05:08 PM
I thought the proposed health care system was loosely based on systems such as that adopted in Australia and other countries. Here it's means tested
with a levy of 1.5% of taxable income and that gets you hospital and basic medical care at no extra cost. Having private cover on top of that basic
service is optional but, above certain income thresholds, not having extra private insurance means your levy is increased and that is your choice to
make. Below a certain low income threshold you pay no levy at all and still get the same standard of care in public hospitals.
The main advantage of having extra private cover is that you can choose the specialist(s) you want, avoid lengthy waiting lists for elective surgery
and get treatment in private hospitals etc. Also dental and alternative medicine cover is only provided by private insurance. At many GPs and
Radiology clinics there's no charge at all - you simply present your Medicare card.
I'm sure you can make your system work for you over there to guarantee everyone, regardless of income, the same level of basic medical care. Anything
above basic care will cost extra naturally, it's your choice.
I pay what you might consider a lot for my top level private cover but that ensures my family gets the very best of care when they need it plus my
income would see me penalised financially if I didn't have private insurance cover.
edit on 29/9/2013 by Pilgrum because: (no reason