I thought i'd post about our recent experience of the health service here in Adelaide, hoping it may help to ease some worries that i know newly arrived immigrants and those on their way do worry about.
First of all, will point out that we dont have private healthcare...so everything i'm about to say has all been done via Medicare....but we do have Ambulance Cover as part of our extras insurance. Please, please make this one of the first things you do when you get here....Before arriving in Australia, 3.5 years ago, never had to call an ambulance before...now done it twice! A bill of $700 is not what you want!
Some of you know already, i know......but my husband was taken ill on Easter Sunday. An ambulance was called, and arrived very quickly. The paramedics were excellent. Arrived at Flinders emergency around 10pm...took till 3am to find him a bed on the ward...but hey..no complaints, the health service is stretched here as well.
He had his own private room with bathroom......the nurses and doctors were great. He had procedures done on the tuesday..which he had to wait for as monday was a public holiday. One nurse who was caring for my husband was an newly arrived english nurse.....she had worked on a similar ward in the UK. She was amazed at the treatment he got...In the UK, he would have been sent home, and wait for all procedures in out patients...possibly waiting weeks if not months! At least we knew a certain amount within 48 hours...He needs more tests, which will be done within a month as an outpatient which will also include a consultant appointment....
The other thing I feel is important to mention is sick leave over here. From memory, in the UK, you get your entitlement to sick leave...this is given to you from day one.....well, here it has to be accrued. You may get a job and be told you are entitled to say..10 days sick leave a year....but it has to be accrued.
Just comes as a bit of shock when you are signed off work for a month!
3 years ago, my little lad was taken ill and had treatment at Flinders....again it was excellent then...so from our experience, not much has changed!
I had an op in march, after being referred in December....3 months waiting......
Alot is made about having private health insurance.......sometimes i think it can scare people into getting it.........hoping i have put some minds at rest..