This is not an illness I have – but the medical mistakes and presumptions are things with which I am very familiar.
My life is still full of purpose. I am determined to continue working as a feminist writer and advocate for those whose lives are less privileged than my own.On the medical front, we can see that those who can’t afford private health cover are being routinely disadvantaged. One of the “gold standard” diagnostic imaging tests I was privileged to have was a cardiac MRI. It cost $500 and was totally non-rebatable by Medicare.If you don’t have private cover and your doctor wants you to have this test, you must wait for the public system to somehow absorb the costs. Nor is there any Medicare rebate for MRI scans of breasts, prostates or spleens.Australia likes to think of itself as giving everyone a fair go, no matter what their background. Who are we kidding and why does it happen?