In particular, the heated debates arising amongst and between the principle sources of health bloggers : the
Although at present they appear at extremes in their philosophy of healthcare delivery - and funding thereof - they appear, from afar, to be gravitating towards each other.
Dr Dork knows little of fiscal matters, but it seems that in the
In theory, we have public hospitals and a fully government funded Medicare system to provide inpatient and outpatient care to all.
Australians, for the most part it seems, still subscribe to the ideology of providing healthcare to all – irrespective of income, employment status, or ability to pay.
Dr Dork disagrees profoundly with the viewpoint that access to basic healthcare is not a right, as some have suggested. Healthcare is a fundamental right common to all humanity. It is inhumane to deny treatment to those who cannot pay – directly or indirectly – just as it is inhumane to deny the starving food and water.
For many reasons healthcare costs will only continue to grow. As science advances, we live longer, and consume more health resources. We expect not just greater longevity, but greater quality of life.
What we gain in mortality, we lose in morbidity.
Our public healthcare system in
If one can afford it.