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’.

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.