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    Wow that's serious bad luck. I don't know much about the Australian health care system.

    I don't think there are any blood tests here you have to pay for (perhaps some really specialised ones?). I've had open heart surgery and a lot of blood tests in my time, and have never paid for them. I also work at a medical centre and have never heard of anyone paying for them. I study pharmacology/medical science which possibly gives me some credence when I go to the doctor, and they tend to hear me out, particularly when I tell them what medication I want, but I know what you mean - some of the doctors at the practice where I work are prime examples of those types who would not listen to someone trying to sort out their health. My own GP (who I don't use anymore, I just haven't transferred yet) is typical like that. He'll address symptoms but never make any kind of attempt to get to the root of any of my problems.

    I have before asked for medications that aren't funded, in which case I pay the unsubsidised price, but it's never been outrageous.

    I think what will end up most expensive for me in all of this is that my new doc is going to refer me to a dermatologist. I'm sure I'll be looking at a sizeable consultation fee, even through the public system. I hope she makes my referral seem important enough that I don't have to wait too long as well hahaha.
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    Yeah our system has good and bad points. OTOH, my SO had brain surgery with 48 hours of his initial complaint from a prominent surgeon and it cost him $2500. He got an MRI within 2 hours of walking into a doctors office.

    It is bad for preventative and non life threatening issues. If one of those tests came back with an issue, not only would I be paying for meds, I'd be paying even for more for the insurance that doesn't cover the meds.

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    Why did he have to pay $2500?

    I, perhaps wrongly, assumed Australia had the same healthcare as us.

    My heart surgery, and all of the followup and consultations beforehand, was entirely funded, as far as I know. Although granted I did wait about 3 months, but it was non-urgent and non-life threatening.

    I plan on getting health insurance when I'm older just so I don't have to wait when things aren't life-threatening. I mean, it's paying to avoid discomfort basically.

    In saying all of this, I know some people have bad experiences here too, as you can any where. It depends how you're prioritised, and sometimes involves a bit of luck I think.

    While we were in the US my mum ran out of medication for her migraines, so she walked down the road to see a doctor and get some more (we had travel insurance). It took FIVE hours, and the cost was insane (reimbursed through insurance of course, but still crazy). My brother also got really bad hayfever in the desert, and it cost him some astronomical amount (like $700 all up or something crazy) because he went into the wrong TYPE of clinic, like it wasn't a normal doctors practice or something.

    The doctors clinic where I work (which is also an accident & medical after hours)... the longest I've ever seen any one wait was 40minutes, and that's because they were waiting for a specific doctor, with no appointment. The average wait time is probably 5 minutes. If you have a headache, pain, bleeding, chest pain, anything out of the ordinary, you get seen by a nurse within 60 seconds of being seen at reception. Not all medical centres are equal though, the 24 hour one in my hometown does the same with prioritising (nurse sees you straight away if it's an accident or you're in pain), but I once waited about 50 mins when I had gastroenteritis. But while I waited they got me to do urine samples and took my blood pressure and temperature and stuff so at least when I did get to see the doc it was pretty fast.

    I mean, it's not perfect, but I really am super thankful. Being overseas was a big eye opener.
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    Lucy, you should be able to find a GP here that will bulk bill you for the visit. I almost always get bulk billed. But yes, I do have to pay for the blood tests etc

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    On the weight loss note, maybe try cutting out all the fruit for a month and see if that helps. I cut fruit out about 3/4 weeks ago and that was when I started losing weight. I have PCOS and I'm def insulin resistant so I figured the sugar in the fruit was too much for me and so far it seems right.

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    $2500 was his deductible for the year... the surgery etc. was in excess of $100,000. I'm going to bet a physical and all of quelsons lab work would run me about $2500.

    I'm in the US.

    And please be insured if you can- he was only 35 and uninsured that incident would have bankrupted us without his insurance. And it was not preventable.

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