2014 Federal Budget: Won’t Work for $7
Fortunately living in the lucky and wealthy first world country of Australia means Australians don’t go to work for less than $7 an hour.
But we want to have a whinge about paying a $7 fee, after we have visited a doctor more than 10 times per 12 monthly period (the first 10 are free, and the next 10 incurring just $70 in cost).
Oh please – that must be an insult to your GP, as you sit there with that scary mole on your leg, you are gasping for breath for no apparent reason, or have other private health problems we probably do not need to ventilate here, and you are relying on the highly experienced and educated professional peering over you across the desk to save your life.
That an Australian can go to a doctor 20 times in one year and pay less than $100 is a luxury most people in the world would love to swap with us, to access the world-class doctors most of us have access to.
I’d rather see my local GP, have him paid well, have the support of the Australian medical system, and enjoy the first-world treatment we seem to take for granted.