Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's happening with Gold Coast health services?

An advertisement for the Gold Coast Medical Association's 'Free Medical Talks' in the local Murdoch rag

These talks may be free to the public, but they are basically marketing - for health services and treatment that you will need to pay a pretty penny for.

Ask yourself why the private sector has such a control over the provision of these services on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Government are involved (in the form of representation from the Gold Coast University Hospital) which lends the show a veneer of legitimacy. Unfortunately, this corporatisation of government services to fit in with private corporate interests comes at the expense of a truly "public" health system.

Do you really want to live in a community where only the rich can access the latest cancer treatment at private hospitals that have been subsidised by the public purse?

Health care is a right, not a privilege.