The pain of paying

Derryn Hinch has started the year true to form by taking a swipe at the Government for prioritising multi-million dollar projects over the needs of ‘oldies’.

The pain of paying, Federal Government, Medicare, Ulcer Dressing, Patients, Hospital, Australia, Pensioners, Labor

Derryn Hinch has started the year true to form by taking a swipe at the Government for prioritising multi-million dollar projects over the needs of ‘oldies’.

Towards the end of the year the Federal Government made changes to the way Medicare handles claims for external ulcer dressings. While a patient is in hospital dressings for ulcers are covered by Medicare, but as soon as they leave, they need to foot the bill for dressing changes themselves. This can cost up to $300 a time, with some dressings requiring changing two or three times a week.

Apparently the Government’s justification for making these changes is that ‘old people never vote Labor’.

Read Derryn Hinch’s blog here.

What defines an ‘oldie’? Do you class yourself as an ‘oldie’? Read what Debbie has to say on the matter.





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    hodz
    24th Jan 2012
    4:09pm
    What is also interesting is that this site, after careful consideration of course!! advised us all to vote ALP in the last Federal election. Oh what a major balls up we have had since.
    Debbie McTaggart
    25th Jan 2012
    10:24am
    Hodz, thanks for your post. You may be confusing the four opinions that we posted before the last election with advice on who to vote for. These were our personal points of view and in no way, shape or form did they constitute advice on who our subscribers should vote for. We believe our subscribers are capable of making up their own minds when it comes to voting. At no stage did we advise voting for the ALP or any other party, this would be wrong as well as patronising. We are more than happy to be called into question on anything we publish however, in this instance we do not feel this to be the case.

    24th Jan 2012
    6:27pm
    Seggie. Surely this is not true? Many elderly people have to go to a clinic to have the nurse change their ulcer dressings. I've never heard of anyone having to pay if they are pensioners.
    hodz
    24th Jan 2012
    6:33pm
    Read the article at the top of the page - only too true I'm afraid.
    seth
    24th Jan 2012
    7:04pm
    Is it possible to have a dressing changed at a hospital or a surgery on medicare?
    Arfer
    24th Jan 2012
    7:26pm
    My wife is waiting for an EXPERIMENTAL operation to fix a heart valve. This is still experimental because it has not been proven that it is successful. If she had been 80 years of age it would be done for nothing. (How many people live long once they have reach 80 years of age?) As she is only 78 it will cost us $30,000.00.
    hodz
    25th Jan 2012
    11:33am
    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
    talofa
    25th Jan 2012
    12:41pm
    use the royal nurses or do the dressings yourself is my advice


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