Author: Frank

The Great Debate: Healthcare In The Countryside

It is one of the great ironies that people who shift from the city to the country to enjoy the quiet and space of fewer people, end up complaining about the lack of services. Lots of services follow large communities around, it is the way the world works. Healthcare is, probably, the hottest button at the moment, for country folk to voice their concerns about. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. All that country living is supposed to keep you healthy: fresh air, good produce, and all those friendly animals. Why do they need doctors as well? Just joking folks, but you cannot expect to have the range of healthcare services as the millions of people who live in the cities. The Great Debate: Healthcare In The Countryside Medicine may be socialised to some extent in Australia with Medicare, but doctors, and dentists, especially, in private practice are running businesses. Supply follows demand; its economics 101 folks. You cannot force doctors and dentists to live and work in small country towns. Their businesses have high overheads and they need substantial revenue streams to make them at all sustainable. Health care extras are predicated on the necessary populations driving private enterprise medicine. Dental care is, even more, dependent upon large enough communities to justify the existence of a dental clinic. Socialise HealthCare Country people, unfortunately, just have...

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