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Old 29th March 2010, 01:50 AM
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This system is nuts, I can only imagine what it must be like in the USofA.

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This system is nuts, I can only imagine what it must be like in the USofA.
im pretty sure its 10 times worse here in the US. My wife is leaving her job here in Summer, and we will be without the health insurance provided by her job. To pay for the same coverage ourselves will cost us a mere $1200/month. Now, take into account that we will then also be a single income family, that means our health insurance will be 20% of our gross income. Now, add into that our income tax, which will be another 25-30%, along with state tax of about 8%. ah.. and don't forget the 9.5% sales tax in California. God bless the USA. I'm looking forward to AU


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Example:

You break your wrist and need to go to the hospital so you dial 000
1. They come quick
2. Good service
3. You go to a good hospital - Now this is where the good ends....
(some hospitals charge an excess)
4. Because they patch you up you are classed as an outpatient and medical (con) aid doesn't kick in.
5. You get billed $500 for all the odds and ends and they sent you home
6. You get approx half back from Medicare
NOW
7. You need to see a consultant
8. You guessed it - Ching Ching and once again
9. You get 50% back from Medicare
10. You go for the procedure to FIX the wrist
11. Hallelujah, Medical aid kicks in BUT WAIT
12. Different Medical aids cover different hospitals and if the surgeon you want does not work at hospital x - tough poop
13. You have the procedure and get a non-refundable bill for about $300 from the doctor (NON refundable by Medicare)
14. You have to PAY for all the pain-killers post operation aswell
15 When they take the cast off etc you PAY again as its done as an outpatient.
16. And then there is the $250 excess on the medical aid

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im pretty sure its 10 times worse here in the US. My wife is leaving her job here in Summer, and we will be without the health insurance provided by her job. To pay for the same coverage ourselves will cost us a mere $1200/month. Now, take into account that we will then also be a single income family, that means our health insurance will be 20% of our gross income. Now, add into that our income tax, which will be another 25-30%, along with state tax of about 8%. ah.. and don't forget the 9.5% sales tax in California. God bless the USA. I'm looking forward to AU
I agree - Another reason not to live in the US.... Great place for a holiday though.

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Remind me (yet again) why you are still here?

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To get a passport so my kids have a choice someday - They can come here at 18 years and sigh-on - Get loans and study and for them Medical will be free as they will have no $.

Moving to OZ was intersting and an itch I had to scratch but I just can't get used to Pleasantville.

Its not the real-world.

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To get a passport so my kids have a choice someday - They can come here at 18 years and sigh-on - Get loans and study and for them Medical will be free as they will have no $.

Moving to OZ was intersting and an itch I had to scratch but I just can't get used to Pleasantville.

Its not the real-world.
Where in Melbourne are you?

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Halo your comments leave me smiling ...
India that way is good.. Treatment is not as expensive. youa re prepared medicare will cover only if you are hospitalised and pay only about 50%. so we are prepared.. we dont expect too much. simple people you see.

One would pay about 70$ for a cast and nothing to get it out. if you are hospitalised (many spend the night just to get 35-40 out of the 72 form the medicare for which they get hospitalised). they pay you half. and when u go to get it removed, if the doc is in a good mood, he will ask his assistant to remove it for you and u slip out of the room without even asking if you got to pay. if the doc is in a harsh mood, you pay about 10$ which is his consultancy fee. medicines are cheap too.. its better to pay on your own as the recovering from medicare takes forever.. numerous phone calls, visits, emails leave you frustrated and then you give up..

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