After a week of increasing sciatic pain, decided to have it checked out by my GP.
Sadly she was on holiday, but no problems.... one of her colleagues, could see me.
After a really thorough 30 minute examination, the doctor gave me two scripts for pain relief and a referral for CT scans.
Phoned up and got an appointment at the Community Hospital the following morning
Arrived ten minutes early, and had the whole thing sorted before the original appointment time.
Went back an hour later and collected films and the Radiography report.
By then the pain relief was beginning to take effect, and I decided to make use of some Physio appointments as part of a "Care Plan"
Began Physio the same day.
-So, all sorted and well on the way to recovery in 2 days
and the cost of all this?
-The GP appointment was bulk billed......no gap payment
- The CT Scan and Report ....bulk billed, no gap payment
-The Physio Appointments... zero (-they are covered by a Care Plan drawn up by my GP)
- The medication...... 2 @ $ 6.20
- Health Insurance Premiums? Not likely .... I abandoned my longstanding Health insurance when John "Winston" Howard, tried blackmailing us into taking it up
- Travel costs, well no.... my GP is 5 minutes walk. the CT scan and the Physio are both on the local bus from the corner of my street.
So, the next time you hear someone whinging about waiting lists..... ask yourself -what exactly is the norm?
How many good news stories don't get to be told?