“We don’t want somebody to miss out on healthcare because they can’t afford it” – Dr. Lane
Health Insurance. It’s something we all need and rely on for our medical care, and for those who can afford private health cover, it can be really beneficial. However, despite the perks, the number of young people using it is dropping rapidly and it doesn’t help that it can be really confusing as to what you’re actually covered for. The private health sector itself is also starting to raise concerns about the sustainability of the industry, with nib boss Mark Fitzgibbon saying Medicare should be abolished and everyone forced onto private cover. So what exactly does private health insurance cover you for? Why are some Doctors bulk-billing but others aren’t? To help clear things up, the famous Dr. Lane swings by the studio to have a chat about this complex issue.
Also this week, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is a condition not always fully understood, and it’s difficult for those with the conditions to get proper treatment, but it’s looking like a new centre in Adelaide will be a big help. Head Clinician Martha Kent had a chat with Wavelength about the new centre. Wavelength also spoke to someone diagnosed with the condition to find out more. Meanwhile, with Homelessness Week in full swing, there’s been a big push to achieve zero functional homelessness in Adelaide. Jake Maguire from Community Solutions spoke to Wavelength about the issue, and the push to help those in need.
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Airdate: August 5, 2019
Reporters: Amila Dedovic, Rachael Grimshaw & Adrian Garcia Rodriguez