smile0784 wrote: Fish-cador wrote:
For cancer they act quickly in public.or private. time is a factor then. But for elective stuff your waiting year to have it done in a.public hospital
I know someone who was suffering very badly due to a shoulder injury. She waited 2 years for her time to go under the knife in the public hospital. She was already in the OR ready to go inhale the meds when an emergency came in. She was unceremoniously wheeled out of the OR, given her clothes back and was told to wait for their call. It took another 2 years for her to enter the OR.
That public system for you
I have my own extremely bad personal experience with a public hospital in early 2000. My wife complained of extreme headache. BP as sky high. I called 000 and I was told not to wait for ambulance. I was told if my wife can walk or if I can carry her, I should go to the nearest emergency room. I hauled my wife and children - 5 and 2 years to the car and went to Box Hill Hospital barely 3 km away. It was freaking winter! I left the sleeping children in the car, engine running and heater on to check in my wife to the ER. As soon they got her details, she was told to wait for a bed. I was running back and forth ER-car-ER. 5 hours later, we had enough and we walked out of the effing hospital. She was never attended to. By that time, her BP was till high but no longer in dangerous level. That was when I realized, we cant rely on public health system.
Fast forward 10 years later, same thing happened. BP was about 220/120. 2 different machines don't make the same mistake! I called 000 and I was told the same thing. Do not wait for the ambulance. Go to an emergency department. I drove my wife to Knox Private Emergency Dept about 12 km away. In less than 5 minutes of arrival, my wife was hooked to machines and given an injection. 30 minutes later she was almost ready to go home. Diagnosis - ear infection causing liquid imbalance in inner ear resulting in extremely high BP.
I will never go public again if I can pay for private cover.