My son today ended up with a piece of wood impaled in the ball of his foot. I was unable to remove the wood myself. This necessitated a visit to the medical practice to see if the clinic nurse could remove the wood. I thought it was better to go to my local medical practice so I wouldn’t be attending the accident and emergency for a little thing, thus taking up valuable resources.
After this visit, I find I sympathise with people going to A & E for small problems.
The clinic nurse told me a doctor would have to look at it. After the doctor had a look at it, he gave a local anaesthetic and after a suitable amount of numbing time, he proceeded to remove the wood. To do this he had to cut the foot a little and so my son ended up with three stitches.
The hurtful part of this is that all up, it cost $305 of which I received a rebate of $127 from Medicare.
I am fortunate to be able to sort of afford this medical bill. How on earth do people on the pension or Newstart afford bills like this? They can’t. That’s why they go to the hospital accident and emergency rooms. They can’t afford $75 for a doctors visit and they sure as hell can’t afford an extra $130 odd for a treatment.
Trying to find a doctor who bulk bills is virtually impossible.