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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 03:02 PM
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14. Australia was not mentioned
But I think we share similarities with the countries who were.

Medicare is the universal system. Cost is a 1.5% levy on taxable income. Private health fund exist that cover a variety of services, such as full dental, elective surgery, chiropractic etc.

Generally, your GP refers you for specialist care. Most of this is covered by medicare, for low income earners, all of it. The private health funds tout the choice of doctors and treatments, in practical terms, these can be varied, depending on your relationship with your GP. Such things as Lasik, cosmetic surgery, porcelain implants are not covered. (but then again I knew someone who did have a tooth implant under the system - convinced them that mental health suffering etc) but you will get glasses, dental care etc

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  -Quick question about the social health programs detailed in Sicko Squatch  Jun-24-07 02:28 PM   #0 
  - I think there is some rationing of health care which must happen with universal care.  cassiepriam   Jun-24-07 02:33 PM   #1 
  - So, if we're just talking a shift of that decision-making authority from  Squatch   Jun-24-07 02:35 PM   #2 
     - Bureaucratic rules based on the opinions of the attending physician  greyhound1966   Jun-24-07 02:53 PM   #11 
     - My in-laws lived in one of those 'socialized'  China_cat   Jun-24-07 03:09 PM   #16 
     - Currently health care is rationed by income. The wealthy get all they want.  cassiepriam   Jun-24-07 03:16 PM   #18 
        - Me, too, brother. Me too.  Squatch   Jun-24-07 03:18 PM   #19 
           - If all Americans would start asking more questions it would be a better place,  cassiepriam   Jun-24-07 03:21 PM   #20 
  - as a general rule, no  northzax   Jun-24-07 02:35 PM   #3 
  - I've got Tricare...pretty decent insurance for which I have to put my life  Squatch   Jun-24-07 02:38 PM   #6 
  - The only specific mention of the topic I recall was in the British segment....  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 02:35 PM   #4 
  - Didn't he get paid more if he had healthier clients?  Squatch   Jun-24-07 02:37 PM   #5 
  - I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm only talking about what was in the movie....  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 02:48 PM   #7 
     - So am I. The doc said he got paid more if his clients  Squatch   Jun-24-07 02:50 PM   #8 
        - Nor did I say the doc said that.  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 02:51 PM   #9 
           - Maybe I misread what you wrote here:  Squatch   Jun-24-07 02:55 PM   #12 
              - Yup. The concept "expensive" is nowhere suggested in what I expressed.  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 02:56 PM   #13 
  - a millon bucks won't buy much in London  northzax   Jun-24-07 03:03 PM   #15 
     - Maybe the doc was lying then. He said it was a 4 bedroom house....  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 03:13 PM   #17 
     - did he say he made all his money from his practice?  northzax   Jun-24-07 03:32 PM   #21 
        - Nope.  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 03:33 PM   #22 
           - I was just asking  northzax   Jun-24-07 03:37 PM   #24 
              - Sure - all sorts of possibilities exist. His wife may work, for example...  BlooInBloo   Jun-24-07 03:40 PM   #25 
     - The doc in Sicko made close to 200k US  alarimer   Jun-24-07 04:37 PM   #29 
        - $200,000 US  northzax   Jun-24-07 05:14 PM   #31 
  - I want to know what happens when the Republicans slink back into power.  originalpckelly   Jun-24-07 02:53 PM   #10 
  - Australia was not mentioned  canetoad   Jun-24-07 03:02 PM   #14 
  - Some treatments are rationed or not provided  Cairycat   Jun-24-07 03:33 PM   #23 
  - No, but you will receive care, and...  Kazak   Jun-24-07 03:44 PM   #26 
  - Adding to your comment....  Spazito   Jun-24-07 03:52 PM   #28 
  - quick answers, those things are not covered by any american insurance NOW  pitohui   Jun-24-07 03:47 PM   #27 
  - Lasik is not covered by most insurance now  alarimer   Jun-24-07 04:42 PM   #30 
  - I have CADILLAC insurance that covers NONE of those things.  Rosemary2205   Jun-24-07 05:48 PM   #32 

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