What happens when a community is denied access to general practice?Dr Sue Velovski argues that if the Government’s failure to support Lismore health providers is a social experiment, then the results are in.
This article first appeared in the NSW Doctor in January 2023.
Most of us born after 1970 in Australia do not know life without the privilege of universal healthcare – the ability to see a doctor irrespective of our financial status.
Our healthcare system ranks as one of the best in the world and is praised by the citizens of many other countries… even Presidents. I recall being at a conference in San Francisco in 2011, when the then President Barack Obama spoke to a group of Aussies about our experience of healthcare.
I was fortunate to be born in this country, a first generation Australian. This allowed me access to free healthcare and the ability to complete public high school, and with the benefit of scholarships, complete university. In a world where one-fifth of all girls are denied an education, this is not something to be taken for granted.
- Written by: Dr Sue Velovski
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