Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Fact #4 - Medicare and NHS are not equal

The cost of being unwell in Australia can be quite a shock.  Unless you are lucky enough to find a Doctor who bulk-bills a visit to the Quack will cost you money.  Typically $30 and up will need to come from your pocket to top-up the payment towards your consultation that Medicare will make to the Doctor.

If your Doctor suggests you go for radiology or other treatments, there will be other 'gaps' that you will be expected to make up the the shortfall for.  For example a brain MRI scan is around $320, of with Medicare does not cover a cent.

It isn't any better if you have private healthcare, even the highest cover is unlikely to offer outpatient radiology cover - unless of course you are referred from a specialist.  Where guess what?  There will likely be a gap to pay for the specialists time to.

With no standard prescription costs, you pay whatever the chemist wants to charge you for your medication.  So it pays to shop around for the cheapest chemist to fulfill your prescription.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Fact #3

If you see a car with a 'For Sale' sign in the window, don't expect to see the price that the owner is hoping for.  I find it unfathomable that I'm expected to phone up and ask.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Fact #2

It comes as a surprise to me each time it happens - but in Canberra people leave the office for home whenever there is a big rain storm.  Strange but true.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Clothes Pegs

Ok, so this place has gone a little stale.  Life has settled in Australia, we bought a house and still love being here.  As things plod on there is less and less for me to write about - that would be of interest to anyone.  So, rather than close the blog I'm going to try adding a series of short updates around Facts, Myths and Maybe's about Australia.  Starting with:

Fact #1 - Plastic clothes pegs do not last as long in Australia.  It must be the sunshine, because after a few short months the plastic becomes brittle and they shatter when you come to use them.

Just as a foot note: Australian clothes pegs may not be up to much, but the washing lines are something else.  No plastic lines that stretch and break.  Here heavy guage steel wire seems to be the minimum spec.

So now you know....