Anthony Albanese slammed for hospital comments
Anthony Albanese has come under fire for claiming Australia’s richest and poorest receive the same standard of medical care in Australia after he suffered a horror car accident.
The Labor leader has shared 12 posts to social media since his car crash on Friday, which described his “write off” car and gratitude for nurses, cleaners and first responders.
A P-plater driving in a Range Rover smashed into the driver's side of Mr Albanese’s vehicle and has since been issued with a notice for negligent driving over the scary incident.
However, since his incident, the politician has been brutally slammed for claiming rich and poor people are afforded the same standards of medical practice throughout the country.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re the richest man in Australia or a single mum on a pension. In Australia, you get the same standard of medical care,’’ Mr Albanese wrote.
“When Kerry Packer had a heart attack, he went to Royal Prince Alfred. When my mum went to hospital, she went there too.”
Many social media users disagreed however and shared their own horrific experiences.
“That’s crap Anthony, our once decent equitable system has been ravaged by private health policy incentives – I was referred to a specialist by my GP who refused to see me as I don’t have private insurance – fact! #MedicareFail,’’ one person wrote on Twitter.
“Who is this tweet for? I assume the target audience is ‘people who have never been to an Australian hospital’ because those of us who have are not buying this absurd bullshi*t,’’ Tim Whitehead took to Twitter to write.
“This stroke survivor was sent home alone, within days of being able to stand up with a brace on my leg, despite physio resisting hospital pressure to ship me out early – no home help whatsoever – while a private patient roommate kept in for months,’’ Andrew Hayes said.
Bradly Saint shared his own horrid experience, writing: “My mum’s partner had a suspected stroke – 3 yr wait to see a specialist. I waited 2.5 years to see a specialist for a knee injury, 3yrs for back. Currently been waiting over a year to see a prostate specialist. Tell me again how equal the system is.
Joanna Mendelssohn claimed that once a person is moved out of emergency, the situation changes entirely.
“It’s true that in an emergency all Australians are treated the same under Medicare. However, once matters settle, or with chronic disease (including cancer) inequalities emerge,’’ she said.
“Try being a pensioner who needs cataract surgery or hip replacement vs someone prepared to pay top $.”
Another user hit the nail on the head when they said: “I bet all my savings (none) that Gina Rinehart doesn’t have to wait 10 goddamn hours in Emergency waiting rooms surrounded by people screaming out in pain.”
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