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[*] Post 385305 posted on 7-8-2009 at 14:03 Reply With Quote
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For all the complaints about National Health, especially from those who have never experienced it, I shall share a little personal story.

Whenever SWMBO needs to receive Intra Venous anything, or give blood for a blood test, it is a major issue, her veins just will not remain open long enough to allow more than a minute drop of blood to flow. (She'd never be ab;e to commit suicide by slashing her wrists). Her last surgery was held up by over an hour whilst several anaesthetists worked to find a site for a drip! During her last visit to a specialist, he ordered a specialised blood test that required an IV injection followed by three blood tests over a couple of hours. After half an hour of trying to find a vein, the bleed nurse who was most apologetic for poking and prodding for all that time and still not getting anything, suggested this as a solution to her ongoing problem, and to talk to her GP about it. The GP knew nothing about the product as it is only fairly new to these shores but suggested we talk to Deb's specialist. After a couple of phone calls, we had a call from a radiologist who knew of the product and asked many questions. We suspect that she (the Radiologist) must have spoken to one or all of the anaesthetists who have worked on Deb. To cut a long story short, we received in the mail today a letter, booking SWMBO in to have the implant access port fitted next week! Without them actually physically seeing her in relation to this procedure! Deb rang and asked some questions about the procedure as it has to be inserted into her Jugular vein, including, costs, the response..... Medicare will pay for it!

As we live on half a pension, we have no private health insurance. I can tell many wonderful stories of our treatment under the publicly funded and free, medical system. The only time that I've ever had cause to be dissatisfied is with particular personalities, never with the standard, or timing, of the care received.
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[*] Post 385411 posted on 8-8-2009 at 23:06 Reply With Quote


I'm happy to read Mrs. Semmens is going to get a solution to her blood-access problem.:D
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[*] Post 385414 posted on 8-8-2009 at 23:27 Reply With Quote


Never doubted it for a moment Leigh. I think that might be the same as a shunt which we use here for multiple tests etc.
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