Anyone who earns over a particular amount pays a levee to fund our health care. From memory, I think it's about
1.5% of your salary.
* free care in a public hospital
* subsidised access to any medicines that are on the subsidy list (and that's a LOT of medicines). It's about
$5.10 per prescript
ion for people on pensions and low incomes, and about
$30 for people on "regular" incomes.
* a few other things are covered: a basic level of psychotherapy (depending on state), hearing tests & basic optometry (depending on state and income), certain basic dentistry (depending on state, and usually for low income earners only).
You can opt out of paying the tax levee and take out your own private health insurance, which means you can stay in a swankier private hospital. However, although private hospitals tend to have nicer rooms, the best facilities (scanners, surgeons, large range of expert doctors, etc) tend to be in the public hospitals. I live in a regional town, and a lot of the people with private health insurance end up in the public hospital anyway, because that's the only place they can get appropriate treatment.
I like the way that everyone who earns enough just pays a % of their income, instead of it being a flat rate for everyone. That means - in principle, anyway - that nobody suffers too much hardship.
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