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The Importance of Universal Health Care

By | General Wellbeing

The Importance of Universal Health Care

 

Person getting their blood pressure checked by a doctor

World Health Day has been running since 1950, with a different emphasis each year on an issue of global importance. This year, the World Health Organisation is focusing on universal health coverage. So, what are the statistics on accessing health services around the world? And how does Australia stack up?

Paying for Health

Imagine watching a family member get sick, knowing that you do not have the money to pay for medical services – or if taking your child to a doctor was a major financial decision. At least half the people in the world do not have access to essential health services, and the services available can push people into extreme poverty to pay for the things they need.

The “health for all” objective extends beyond helping people access health care that won’t plunge them into poverty, as the WHO says it has even more significant effects. According to the WHO, offering universal health care “protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality”.

Universal Health Care in Australia

Australians have access to universal health care, through Medicare. Australians and permanent residents have access to subsidised health care for a range of permitted procedures. Australia also offers the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (or PBS) which subsidises a range of essential medications that could otherwise be prohibitively expensive. Australia also offers a “safety net threshold”, which offers even further subsidisation to households who exceed a set amount of expenditure on health care within a year.

Room for Improvement

In a 2017 study, the ABS survey showed that 4% of Australians had delayed or avoided seeing a GP because of the cost, and 7% had avoided filling a prescription because they couldn’t afford the medication. Around 12% had not received specialist medical care due to costs.

While Australia has a world class universal health care system, one major discrepancy is in the life expectancy of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people – around 10 years less than someone who is not of Indigenous heritage. There are more deaths in each age group and for all major causes when compared to the non-Indigenous population. Lower utilisation of health services is a commonly cited factor in the increased death rates, and it’s an area that Australia needs to work on to ensure equal health services for all.

Health for All is a simple statement, but it has far reaching consequences for people who do not have access to affordable health care. April 7 is a good day to mindful of people whose finances determine their health, and to be thankful for the services we have access to in Australia.

 

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HealthMint Medical Centre’s vision for the future of healthcare

By | Clinic News

HealthMint Medical Centre’s Vision for the Future of Healthcare


It has been such a busy 2 months for us, but we are starting to find our feet and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support through this exciting time.

In saying that, our team would like to welcome our readers to HealthMint Medical Centre!

We will be updating this blog as often as we can with important news, health issues, updates around the clinic and anything else we feel should be mentioned. If you have any suggestions, feedback or would like us to include something in particular, please get in contact with us via our Contact Us page or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.

So what is HealthMint, and what is our vision?
For the past year, Co-Founders Dr Paul Tescher and Chantelle Brott have been working hard to piece together every little aspect of this space to really present you with the complete image of HealthMint, and who we aim to be. We really couldn’t be any prouder of how it has all come together. Our vision for HealthMint is founded on the principle that healthcare can and should be better.

We believe that affordable high quality healthcare should be accessible to everyone. We believe in asking questions, listening to what you have to say and really providing a service to you that everyone should expect and receive when visiting their local GP.

We wanted to create an atmosphere where you feel relaxed upon entering. We all know how run down we can feel from illness, injuries and the stress of every day life. We have used calming, neutral colours, while also adding plants and beautiful art pieces to our architecturally designed centre to really maximise the comfort of your visit.

Our relaxing interior is teamed up with the latest technology to ensure your family’s health and wellbeing is always up to date. We offer online appointment bookings and an iPad check-in bar upon arrival. These work together to make your visit just that little bit easier, and mean you won’t need to wait in a long queue! If you prefer traditional methods, we also have lovely reception staff on hand to assist you with anything you may need.

The iPad check in bar at HealthMint Medical Centre - bringing efficiency to healthcare

Our beautiful check in bar – we have the latest in medical technology allowing you to register your arrival at our clinic, and enter your patient information straight onto our database. Our wonderful receptionists will walk you through how to use it on your first go, and for the tech shy amongst us, we also offer traditional check in and registration methods 🙂

 

All these elements were carefully thought through, to provide you with a comfortable, relaxing and peaceful visit while our doctors focus on empowering you with knowledge of your health issues.

We are so grateful to all the families who have visited us so far, and love hearing feedback of your experience here. If we haven’t met you yet, we are looking forward to seeing you in the near future!

We think you will really enjoy the space and experience we have created for you, and this is only just the beginning.

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