That's a big misunderstanding. It won't be free for anyone. You will have to pay.
You could go anytime. Check ups are not expensive without insurance. It's the lab tests that will be a hassle.
Any lab tests considered essential to your health are covered by the health care system in Australia. I didn't have to pay a cent to have MRI scans, for example.
That works, but we don't have the tax base for a system like you have. America will be shocked at what happens to our taxes when this system comes 100% live. "Socialized" medicine only works when you have the monetary stream to support it. Currently we don't have it.
$150 isn't that bad when you think about it. Dr's time, PA, time, nurse maybe, room charges, supplies. All of it. As for the knees, that is different and the Dr would need to send you to a specialist. I know the system isn't the best, but it's something. I just don't want to be taxed out of existance.
Back before I knew better, I dropped my medical insurance after I was put on social security disability and qualified for medicare. I wish now I had kept my own coverage but I thought having a limited disability income thinking it would be best to use the medicare plans. Cost is almost too much for my now pre-existing condition to go back and the plans are limited in the treatment I can receive. Obama care isn't helping anything and I can see my cost going up more. I thought about going uninsured but that is going to tax me around $2100 a year still cheaper than premiums and co-pays for medicare and presc<x>riptions.
Oh - will that mean that it will cost more when we are on Medicare? Almost free for low income - before 65. Medicare = must have supplemental to do anything?
when you are on Medicare, your costs will not increase for the care, but the donut loophole that increased the prescription costs for some people on Medicare is closed under the ACA (Obamacare).
Oh, so some people are more equal that others in Medicare? Makes sense - after all this IS America, land of the not so free.
I need to research this too. I have so many health issues I'm pretty sure I'll die before I'm 50.
Here's the jist: Those who can afford to buy into the private health insurance business will be able to do so, while those who can't will be offered affordable coverage. Those who cannot afford anything will not be charged anything and those who can afford to pay millions will have that option.
yep....or move to Norway...or Australia
When you become a permanent resident of another country, like Australia.
what about those of us who cant get Medicaid and medicare what do e do