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Private health insurance back on the cards as public hospital wait times blow out

Just like the time my daughter fell out of a tree and impaled her finger with a stick. When she had an bronchial asthma assault. When my son broke his finger. When he tore a ligament throughout a footy recreation.

However now, seven years after I ditched the personal cowl I discover myself on the mercy of a beleaguered public well being system that lacks the flexibility to deal with my baby in any form of acceptable timeframe.

Our crumbling public well being system is a matter former Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison is aware of too nicely.

He not too long ago revealed his son Max was identified with autism and has since returned to Canada together with his household — and the lack to entry assist in WA drove his resolution to resign.

Their expertise highlighted the issues inside the WA well being system, and the issues aren’t simply mirrored within the rising wait instances for elective surgical procedure. They begin from the second your GP palms you a referral to see a specialist, the so-called “hidden wait’ to even see a specialist.

In Morrison’s case he found the wait checklist to see a speech pathologist, paediatrician and psychologist to obtain an autism analysis for his son prolonged past a 12 months. It took only a month for his son to be identified with autism in Canada.

So right here I discover myself, scrummaging round for a spare $5000 to pay for my baby to see a non-public ENT specialist for surgical procedure as a result of wait instances have ballooned out at Perth Youngsters’s Hospital and practically each different public hospital within the metropolitan space. The actual fact they’re practically 16 additionally means PCH received’t even put them on the books as a result of by the point they made it to the entrance of the queue they’d be too outdated to be handled on the youngsters’s hospital.

One of the worst bottlenecks for elective surgery in public hospitals across Perth is for ear, nose and throat surgery. The median wait time at PCH is 369 days. Meaning 50 per cent of individuals get seen sooner, 50 per cent wait longer. Some loads longer.

Go the personal route, you wait a matter of weeks.

And your tackle issues in terms of how quickly you’ll be able to entry sure surgical procedures as a result of the general public hospital nearest to you is normally the one you’ll be referred to.

So whereas some individuals take into consideration the college catchment space once they buy a house, it additionally comes into play in terms of the general public well being system.


Sadly, my postcode is within the catchment space for a public hospital that has a few of the longest ready instances for elective surgical procedure. Hopefully none of us will want cardiothoracic, neurosurgery or orthopaedic surgical procedure any time quickly.

So regardless of 4 rate of interest rises hitting the family funds and raging inflation I’m making room in my funds as soon as once more for personal hospital cowl so I’m not held hostage by the struggling public system.

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