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    I know that many countires don't have free medical. In Australia many things medical related are free or Gvt discounted.

    Here is my latest good experience with it.

    Yesterday I cut my left middle finger to the bone from the first joint to middle joint down the inside , basically skinned the sucker with a 1cm flap comming off that whole way.

    I cut the major vein on that side but no arteries. I washed it out and put saline throught it. I gaused and taped it. (I have a very good kit as I go to the bush and might be 200km from the nearest hospital at times.)

    I drove to the local hospital and told them what I had done, that my capillary refill was good and that vascular constriction had caused the finger to go purple and thus the blood flow stopped in about 10 minutes. They took my Medicare card and recorded my details.

    I got given a low rating at triage and told it would be a long wait. I said I had to work at 10pm (it was 5pm at the time) and asked if they could try get me done by then. They smiled.

    I read a book I had brought with me whilst sitting in the lounge. It was busy with Sat afternoon sports injuries like broken arms and wrists and eye sockets. Two kids also came in that didn't look good so we had a bit of que jumping.

    At 8:30pm the surgeon calls me in and apologizes for the wait. I say no problems, all good. We discuss what I did and then he has a quick look, asks if I want a local or general, I say I want to go to work so a local is fine. He gets that in and peels all the skin and flesh back, moves the joint around, confirms only flesh and vein are hit and not tendons.

    Asks if I can assist as that will cut the time down as he won't have to wait to get a nurse to help. I'm fine with that so hold a few things as he does some cleaning, stitching and more stiching. I then get a shot for tetinus and leave. 8:30pm- 9:30pm, 1hr of surgery, Drive home, get changed, am only 15mins late for work.

    NO BILL, NO COST TO ME. NO LONG WAIT FOR FUTURE DATE ETC. If you wonder about if your country should have it then hope that helps your knowledge.

    Also gave me a lesson on taking the stiches out so I can do it myself next Saturday.
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  • #2
    How are wait lists for things like MRIs for example? Back home where we have universal health care it can be a month or more.

    Also, there I always have to wait for hours before getting checked out, even when my appendix was about to burst and I was in severe pain. I've only gone once to the hospital here, for a very small issue, and it took less than 5 minutes before I was in the doctor's office being checked out.
    Last edited by Quadriceps; 05-06-2012, 04:13 AM.

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    • #3
      Nice work haha

      I once was at a club, copped a head butt from a mate and ended up getting a cut on the bridge of my nose that needed 2-3 stitches. Slightly smashed, ended up in hospital, got fixed up.

      I'm pretty sure I only had my ID on me, no idea how they got all my details etc. It's a good system
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      • #4
        MRI's and CT's because they are diagnostic are done quickly. (friend got punched in the head arresting someone last night, it was not busy so she was in and out in less than 1hr, no cost.) You may wait for some time for the surgery. Dental is likely to be the longest wait.

        I had an untrasound the other week. I had to pay $60.00, discounter from $130.00. I had to wait 2 days to get it done.
        "Be gentle in what you do, firm in how you do it."
        Buck Brannaman.

        "It is the certainty of punishment that deters crime, not the severity of it."
        'Hanging' Judge PARKER

        "Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature... what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action... if you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being."
        ~William Bernbach

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        • #5
          My job provides insurance. What's the benefit of this Socialist program?
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          • #6
            Your point is valid only if you are talking about implementing programs like that in countries like Australia....America is not Australia and is not as well suited for nationalizedhealth care programs such as Medicare.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by dakoose View Post
              Your point is valid only if you are talking about implementing programs like that in countries like Australia....America is not Australia and is not as well suited for nationalizedhealth care programs such as Medicare.
              I would disagree, but you knew that already
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              • #8
                The VA is the closest thing we have to socialized medicine and while it meets the bare minimums it is far great. Most times when I need something I can get an appointment... Weeks if not months later. It is ALWAYS more efficient to go to my private physician and insurance.

                I will say that at least this time the OP actually has experience in socialized medicine. It cracks me up when those that have never actually participated in it tout its greatness.
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                • #9
                  http://healthvotes.com/general-healt...althcare/1696/
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                  • #10
                    They all have one thing in common...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RageBlanket View Post
                      They all have one thing in common...
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                      • #12
                        I'm not surprised France is #1...My wife and I have been here almost 3 weeks and because she is a French citizen she waited less than a half hour to see a Doc the other day...which is much quicker than the waiting times in San Diego.
                        Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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