Geoffs Life After Work !

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N.H.S the Good the Bad and the Ugly

The NHS was the first universal health care system established anywhere in the world. A leaflet was sent to every household in June 1948 which explained that “It will provide you with all medical, dental and nursing care. Everyone – rich or poor, man, woman or child-can use it or any part of it. There are no charges, except for a few special items. There are no insurance qualifications. But it is not a “charity”. You are all paying for it, mainly as tax payers, and it will relieve your money worries in time of illness”  This was the Bold statement issued by the then Government,although it is a truly remarkable institution large cracks are starting to appear.I am fortunate enough to experience both Australian (Medicare) and British health services ( 23 years tax contributions UK and 30 yrs Australia) Australian prescriptions ( known as Scripts) are paid full price until pension age and then cut price until a”cap” of $300 each year has been reached at this stage they are free,the CAP year runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.Pensioners receive free dental and I have used the Flying Doctor (no charge) which in itself is a magnificent service enabling very remotely based people to get very quick responses to emergencies.For a visit to the Doctor locally can easily be arranged within 24 hrs and Hospital A&E services are available 24/7. All in all medical services are excellent in Australia……..

British NHS services are lacking in patient/Doctor services as it can ( seriously) take weeks before booking to see a local Doctor,however most towns and Cities have what is known as a “Walk in ” service usually manned by Doctors and Nurses which are an excellent resource if medical attention is required within hours.Prescription for Pensioners are at all times free and a Medical card can be issued for free for use in all EU countries ( at this current time) and entitles the holder for similar services for free offered in the UK. Prescriptions in Australia usually mean a visit to your Doctor for renewal,British people can order prescriptions via the Internet and NO Doctor visit is necessary.I feel the pressure put on the wonderful NHS may be the result of mass immigration and of course no payments paid into the system by the migrants.As a child in the UK Doctors visits would mean a next day visit or even a same day home visit by your regular Doctor,the times they certainly are a-changing eh Bob?


April 15, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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