Friday, January 22, 2010

MEDICAL INDUSTRY UP IN ARMS - Health Blogarithm, Tuesday 19th January 2010

Today's news comes from the Government who wants to cut back on medical industry protection.

Guess who pipes up first? The doctors' union.

Guess who pipes up second? Medicines Australia.

Guess who are two most protected industries in Australia?

With medical costs now touching 10% of GDP, all the AMA can say is that it's not as bad as in America where it's 16%.

Medicines Australia says that giving people drugs keeps them more productive for longer.

Well Hello.

10% of GDP is enough.

Every time I see Fred Hollows on the TV, I know that his team could do cataract surgery for about a 20th of the cost it takes for a specialist in a hospital.

The specialists in particular are ripping the government off, they're ripping their customers off and some of them are trousering $10,000 a day for their efforts, the lion's share of it coming from the public purse.

On the track
All I did today was go to the gym.

The good news is that I'm getting stronger. three times a week seems to be about right. The curls - overhead press - lat pull-down routine seems to be working. Bench press and squat are getting better.

So all round a good result.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and watch the medical and pharmaceutical industries squeal like stuck pigs as soon as the government suggests they could do with a bit less protection.

John Miller

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