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West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwood

By emd - 30 January 2010 4

I spotted this and thought “what a great idea!”. West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwod, with members able to see a GP at bulk-billing rates. A year’s membership varies from $10 for a single pensioner, to $50 for a family with no Health Care Card. Think about the gap fees that many Canberra GPs charge per visit, and it soon adds up.

Something that I thought was even better than bulk-billing is that the co-op is managed by its members. Joining the co-op gives each member voting rights at the AGM, deciding who manages the Health Co-op and how it functions. Some people might like more direct access to decision-making, rather than relying on ACT Health Department or private companies to make all the decisions.

So what do you think?

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4 Responses to
West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwood
Rawhide Kid No 2 2:25 pm 31 Jan 10

Hells_Bells74 said :

I think it will fit right into Charnwood, which does well with Helping Hand, Dollar Shop and Charity PC’s and the like. It’s got the higher density and they’re somewhat more used to co-op(ish) type operations.

With near everyone being driven mad with doctors in Canberra. It would be a good model if it goes well. Some sensible folk need to take the reins back for a while.

Thumbs up!

+1

Grumpy 7:11 am 31 Jan 10

Having been at the birth I know that it has taken a long time and much heavy slogging – but it will be worth it.

Hells_Bells74 8:18 pm 30 Jan 10

I think it will fit right into Charnwood, which does well with Helping Hand, Dollar Shop and Charity PC’s and the like. It’s got the higher density and they’re somewhat more used to co-op(ish) type operations.

With near everyone being driven mad with doctors in Canberra. It would be a good model if it goes well. Some sensible folk need to take the reins back for a while.

Thumbs up!

JessP 5:39 pm 30 Jan 10

Sounds good. A quick visit to the Doctor may become almost affordable…..

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