It’s so easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of life. Sometimes we are just built that way, our subconscious leans towards the negative, failing to see the big picture. I am one of those people, I have to work hard to remind myself that some days are pretty crappy, but that they had good points as well.
I talk a lot on the blog about the public health system and it’s short comings. I talk about the things that have happened which are upsetting and unacceptable. Then I read a story from the US about someone being denied health care because they can’t afford it and I am so thankful that we live in a country where we can access health care without having to worry about costs.
I’m not naive, I know that by paying, there is less waiting times, often a better level of care. However I feel safe knowing that if I present to an Emergency Department I will get seen by a doctor. The treatment may not be to the standard that is required, but I’m not getting turned away. The first question they ask isn’t about money, it’s about my health.
I’ve seen both the good and the bad sides of being in the public health system. I’ve had things happen that shouldn’t have. However I have also encountered compassionate care, people who are trying to do the best they can in a system that works against them. I may not always be happy with the treatment I receive but I am thankful that I can voice these opinions, I can see another doctor. I am thankful that our country has the PBS scheme so that many people don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for the medications they need.
One of the medications I was on was $250 a box. I couldn’t afford that, I don’t think many people I know could. I am thankful that the medication I am on is prescribed because it’s the best one for the job, not because it’s the cheapest one on the market. I am thankful that if Mr 4 needs medication that we don’t have to choose between eating and medication. I am thankful that we can go to a doctor free of charge, a good, caring doctor who understands our needs.
I am thankful that I have access to health care free of charge, but that doesn’t mean that I will stop fighting to have the system improved. We are so lucky to have a system that is low cost but it needs improvement. I am so thankful that we live in a country where I can express these desires and not have to worry about the consequences.
Linking up with Rhianna for Thankful Thursday.