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Canberra health follies

By bblazey 11 December 2012 25

I went to my general practioner on 5/12 to confirm that I had a hernia. I was referred to a surgeon who was said to be the head of surgery at the Canberra Hospital. After numerous attempts to contact him over a few days commencing 6/12 I learnt by a third party that he was away until 7/2/2013. No answering service.

Nothing. I tried to contact my GP again to be told he was away and that I could come back and be referred by another GP to another surgeon incurring at the very least more time and possibly more cost. I then contacted another surgeon’s office to explain the situation to be told that they were not happy that I was contacting them as a ‘second choice’. ‘Doctor shopping’, thank you very much!!!! Oh, and I couldn’t get to see him until March!!!! Such serial incompetence and couldn’t care less in the festive season!!!!!!! No wonder people go to Twitter and Facebook to air their concerns. End result?

Have to go to Sydney because the health industry in this town is rubbish!!! God help Australia. Perhaps if I were a refugee??

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Spitfire3 1:26 pm 12 Dec 12

DrKoresh said :

Doctors are all hippocrats, anyway.

Not you obviously, because that was painful.

DrKoresh 1:17 pm 12 Dec 12

Doctors are all hippocrats, anyway.

watto23 11:59 am 12 Dec 12

My experience is if you have private health insurance, you get looked after very quickly. Assuming you can afford the gap as well.
Thats the real issue, there is a two class health care system. Not just an ACT issue. ACT health care is miles above what you get elsewhere for a city of the size we have. IMO health care in Australia could be improved, but most of the issues are not as big as they are made out to be in the global scheme of things.

LSWCHP 11:01 am 12 Dec 12

Ko. said :

LSWCHP said :

That doesn’t invalidate his original point, ie that the absolute crapness of much of the ACT medical system is crap. Four months to get a condition like a hernia addressed is third world standard.

Not really.

The fact you can get it treated (and for free) means it’s way above third world standard.

If the ACT Health system was the same as the one in Georgia they’d just let you die at home.

I’ve heard health care is poor in the US, but I didn’t realise it was quite that bad. 🙂

bundah 8:40 am 12 Dec 12

Aren’t you glad that you posted,side-splitting!

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