Finally went to the doctor yesterday after deciding that the splitting headache was more than just that - sinusitis was diagnosed and I'm now on antibiotics, and already feel a hell of a lot better. Drugs are truly wonderful.
Now I've got the energy again I can get peeved at various things:
- My doctor of 15 years retired recently. His was just a small suburban family practice - him and his daughter. When he retired she moved into a large medical centre (pathology/x-ray dept, chemist on site, coffee shop - all the bells and whistles). It was my first visit there yesterday, and as I was leaving I found out they don't bulk bill. Under the Medicare system the patient doesn't have to pay if the doctor 'bulk-bills' the Federal government. For doctors who don't bulk bill you pay up front and then receive some money back from Medicare - these doctors usually charge more than the rebate. Yesterday's visit would have cost me $12.50 - $42.50 cost, $30.00 Medicare rebate. They bulk-billed me anyway, as I hadn't been informed prior to the visit. I know that we are lucky to have the Medicare system in Australia, but it irked me that my sickness yesterday seemed to be paying for the brand spanking new facility I was in, and that not only did I need to give them more of my money than the govt. has deemed an acceptable charge, but I also needed an x-ray to tell me what I already knew - my sinuses are infected. I won't be getting the x-ray, and I won't be putting more money in their coffers, and I won't be going back to that medical practice.
- Don't get me started on the $100 million 'advertising' campaign for the Federal Government which is disguised as an information campaign for the new industrial laws we apparently have to have. John Howard (our Prime Minister) is a slimy little weasel, and I hate him and all he stands for with a passion that knows no bounds.
- Oh, and having potential migrants sit for English exams - welcome back the "White Australia Policy".
- Swearing at police is an offence, but not if you do it to anyone else? Good on you Pat O'Shane - the police just love to think they're above everyone else. Giving the finger to a busload of coppers may offend some people but it should not be a convictable offence. Thank God some of our judicial system still retains common sense, not to mention a sense of humour.
- Did I mention that I love drugs - Amoxicillin is my new God.