Friday, November 15, 2013
If This Is The Quality Of Medicare Local Leadership We Have There Is A Big Problem.
This popped up today.
15th Nov 2013
A MEDICARE Local CEO has surprised colleagues by saying she does not believe in universal free healthcare, and by suggesting people should be punished financially for their unhealthy lifestyle choices.
“Universal free healthcare I don’t think is a good thing,” Central Queensland ML CEO Jean McRuvie told the Australian Medicare Local Alliance’s National Primary Health Care Convention on the Gold Coast last week.
The remark, in a panel discussion, elicited murmurs from an audience of more than 1000 delegates. Asked to elaborate, Ms McRuvie, whose ML area has one of the highest obesity rates according to the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA), said she questioned giving free healthcare to people who made poor choices.
“We all say ‘the cost of health care is high’. Why are we not paying for our healthcare?” she said.
“Why are we not rewarding people by giving free healthcare for doing all the things they should do to maintain their health?”
“You teach children ‘if you do that, there is a consequence’. We need to have some hard conversations about healthcare.”
She added that many good GPs were ordering unnecessary tests “just because it’s free”.
This CEO is clearly severely out of step with anyone who knows anything about health service delivery and what nonsense this is. She simply needs to just resign. She clearly has no place managing health services delivery. Minister Dutton needs to make sure ML leadership have a clue and are not in the game of punishing people.
Nutty Right Wing Queenslanders strike again!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Friday, November 15, 2013