Everyone's up in arms. Public hospitals are going broke. Rudd's in a lather rushing round to every hospital in Australia in a smock, making as fool of himself, doing photo opportunities, inflating his ego, instead of staying in his office and wading through the piles of reports on his desk.
The reason hospitals are going broke? They don't send out accounts.
Who was the genius who thought that one up?
People wait for a few months then take a free ride into the hospital. It costs less than a family visit to Taronga Park Zoo, less that the monthly electricity bill, certainly less than your quarterly rates and definitely less than three month's rego on your car.
There is the presumption that everyone who turns up at a public hospital for some elective surgery is on the bones of their arse.
There are some people who can't pay. That can be accommodated with a safety net. There are some people who have prolonged treatments for body system dysfunctions and diseases that are not of their causing. They need a big safety net.
At the moment there's a safety net for everyone - including those who are well off and including those who are well enough off to pay some insurance.
It is not fair for the well off to be complaining about waiting lists.
Rudd is rushing around like a headless chook trying to crack a nut with a sledge hammer.
Kevin, legislate for hospitals to send out accounts.
On the track
No track. Taking a week off.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and do everything you can to steer clear of hospitals.