“I’m sorry but your private insurance won’t cover your rehabilitation.” He is 85, obese and diabetic. He doesn’t talk as much as wheeze and it takes two doctors to prop him up and listen to his lungs. He has spent the past few days mostly lying in bed because there simply isn’t the dedicated staff on an acute ward to get him up and moving. His wife is as old as he is and half his size. It’s a miracle that the three recent falls that she valiantly tried to prevent at home didn’t crush her. The idea to privatise Medicare is bizarre. We should treasure our public health system | Greg Jericho Read more And it is inconceivable that the private hospital that admitted him just days ago for “optimisation of heart failure” failed to appreciate that no matter how clear his chest x-ray, he was simply not […]