4liters wrote:If it’s serious Medicare covers it, even if it’s a result self inflicted stupidity.
Mum’s had cancer twice and never paid a cent to have it treated, both times the doctor had her under the knife within days of the positive test results.
Private health is good for non emergency quality of life stuff like hip replacements or laser eye surgery etc, although for people just starting their working life it would probably work out more cost effective to put away the same amount of money in a high interest account each month instead, and draw on that if you ever need surgery.
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
For example my mum needed a.knee replacement and was in sever pain and couldnt walk with out morphine tablets amd was put on the public waiting list and the pain killers they increased every few monththe pain and 3 years later was still waiting.
I told her to sign up to private and told her about the 1 year waiting list so she did. 3 days after the 1 year was up the private hospital booked her in get both knees done one after the other.
9 months later she got a phone call saying she has progress in the list for public and she have surgery done in the next year. Lol