Thankful for modern health care

Thankful for modern medicine

This week has not been the best of weeks for my family, particularly health wise.

As I write, my dad is currently waiting to see specialists in Sydney and my mother-in-law is recovering from a health scare.

It’s times like these that I am really rather grateful that we are living in a time where health care is so good and so readily available.

My dad saw a specialist closer to home last week who arranged for him to attend a more senior specialist this week – I’m so grateful he has the chance to get some answers before christmas.

And my mother-in-law has now been cleared of anything life-threatening after having to dash to hospital earlier this week. She will have more tests and consultations in the future but I’m so thankful that she was able to get the treatment and the support that she needed, when she needed it.

It’s so easy to complain about the state of our health system. To bemoan long waiting lists and gap payments and access to care. And I’m not for one minute saying it’s a perfect system or that people are not entitled to ask for more if the access they have is poor.

But I’d like to show my appreciation for a health system that has given help to us in so many ways over many years.

The health system that picked up my son’s albinism and autism. The health system that identified that Nathan and I were both coeliac. The health system which supported me for the birth of my three children. The health system that was there to treat me when I suffered my stress-induced-episode-that-resembled-a-stroke.

The health system that is currently supporting the needs of my parents and parents-in-law.

Thank god we are lucky enough to live in an age and in a country where health care is still largely affordable, readily available and most of all, effective.

I know that I am so very thankful for the benefit of modern health care.

Joining in with Sarah for Thankful Thursday.

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5 Responses

  1. As you say Kirsty, our health system is not perfect, however it is my understanding that here in Australia ours is still better than many other countries. Wishing you and your family wellness♥

  2. Trish says:

    I agree – Tuesday I added up the value of my medical costs (via medicare record) in the last 2.5 yrs – $44,500 not including medications, Private health insurance and private hospital stays that aren’t recorded by medicare – medicare paid out $31,000 of it.

    I’ve had over a hundred procedures (blood tests, scans, chemo, Oncologist and GP visits and then radiation) all covered and I am very very grateful . I am just about to write a post too.

    I hope your family members are dong ok and they feel the loving presence of those who hold them in their thoughts.
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  3. Me says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. My Dad has just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time but thanks to the wonderful health system we have, they are ready to do what they can to help him fight it, and recover, again !!
    Have the best day !
    Me xox
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  4. Silje says:

    Medicine and technology these days are just wonderful. My grandfather is ill at the moment but it’s thanks to modern health care that he’s going to recover well. Thank goodness for early detection! My best for all your family, sickness can be very hard on loved ones.
    Fauna Lou xx

  5. I agree. Our health system does need a lot of improvements. I want more of it. It should give more, and quicker and better, to those that need it. Yet, I love our socialist medicare system. It is brilliant that when my family has needed it, we’ve gotten something.

    I hope that you are ok today. I wish that I was closer and could give some hands on support. Please though that through the interwebs, I’ll do what I can for you.

    Thank you for linking up to #thankfulthursday. xS
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