Help for Chronic Pain should NOT be reliant on your Private Health Insurance type
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Under the very disappointing proposed health insurance changes announced by the Health Minister Greg Hunt 'chronic pain' treatments will only be covered under the top tier (gold) of cover. This means its estimated that about 50% of chronic pain suffers (who is you, me, your brother or sister, Mum or Dad) with health insurance may not be covered for their hospital based pain treatment needed.
All this for a new tiered system of minimum hospital treatments covered by private health insurance policies and simply four bands of coverage – gold, silver, bronze and basic – designed to make it easier for consumers yet so far out of reach for so very many chronic pain sufferers. If life with chronic pain isn't debilitating enough, making treatment options financially out of reach, makes daily life simply unbearable and so very unfair. This needs to be addressed and these changes are not the answer.
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