Illness: It’s a costly exercise

Currently I go see the following doctors and specialists:

  • GP
  • Counsellor
  • Sleep specialist
  • Osteopath
  • Chronic Fatigue clinic

Due to this list I have ceased going to a naturopath.

As a general rule I also don’t go to the dentist and thanks to surgery I no longer need to go to the optometrist.

My point is – I see a LOT of people. A lot of people = a lot of money being forked out. Thankfully some are free services, but it still requires time off work to see them. And, there’s also the cost of medication as well.

I’m fortunate in that I’m able to hold down a full-time job, but there are many people who are only able to work minimal hours or not at all. Whilst these people would be on concessions, the costs are generally relative to what income they receive.

To be honest, I’m not sure how we get from one payday to the next. It’s hard work.

There is now word that the government is wanting to change the way in which Medicare works – or more to the point – scrapping it all together. Honestly, I don’t really understand the plan nor have I managed to find any comprehensible information. But from what I’ve read – it doesn’t sound good for people like me.

It’s bad enough that we struggle to find acceptance and help for our conditions, but now it seems we’re set for higher costs as well?

When will we catch a break?


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