…..and paper knickers can only mean one thing! A stay in hospital!!
I have just experienced the hospital system in my new homeland for the very first time!
Some of my pre emigration fears had been, ‘what will happen if I become ill in our new home country?’ and ‘what if I have to go into hospital?’
My fears stemmed from wondering…….
What will the healthcare system be like there?
Will the care be up to ‘scratch’?
Who will look after the family?
and most importantly……Will I be able to afford my treatment?
You see, people had been quick to point out that you need private health insurance in Australia……”they don’t have a free National Healthcare System (NHS) like England does.” Unbeknown to me at the time this wasn’t entirely true!
Australia does have a healthcare system comparable with the UK’s NHS and it’s your choice if you feel the need or security of having a private healthcare plan to run along side it.
We have chosen not to have a private healthcare plan due to the fact that we can’t afford one! But luckily for us our permanent residency status entitles us to a Medicare Card, which in turn means we are able to use the public health system at little or no cost.
Between the four of us we have used our little green medicare card many times during our first two years in Australia. Both boys have had a trip in an ambulance to the local A&E department. We have all had various scans, blood tests and consultations and on all occasions have been seen quickly and efficiently and the cost has been mimimal……$200 for one of my scans for which I received a $100 medicare rebate!
And the ‘cherry on the top’ my gallbladder removal operation today….no charge! Actually it was yesterday!!! It’s now 2am I’m wide awake, a little bit achy and have an urge to blog! I’m happy to say my experience has been first class; caring, skilled staff in a state of the art hospital what more could a girl ask for?!!
Thankfully all of our family medical issues have been regular everyday ones, including unstoppable nose bleeds, concussion and torn muscles so I can’t really say how the Australian medicare system will fare if God forbid we have serious issues to contend with. I hope we never have to find out!! It will have to be a case of ‘crossing that bridge’ when we come to them!! So in the meantime I shall not be stressing my little head worrying about something that hopefully will never happen.
Instead, I shall stress my little head worrying about the thousands of dollars worth of dental treatment I need and that’s NOT covered by medicare……YIKES!!!
mummi g x