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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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