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I am very unhappy about the price increase that will occur between having my right eye done last week, and my left eye which is to be done in December (the delay being because my surgeon is going away with the Fred Hollows Foundation to provide expertise in a third world country! We have lost a great deal of our \'self funded retirees\' independence - this just adds to the feeling of loss of independence, despite working and saving for the best possible retirement we could manage. Our vote will not go to Ms Roxon or the Labour Party, that\'s for sure!

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I\'m 58 this year - and I wear glasses and my family history says I\'ll probably need cataract surgery at some time - my concern is other than the ad on 3AW I hadn\'t heard about this.  I worry that there are so many changes being made in health care that the public can\'t keep up with the information.  Even private health insurance is creeping up and the benefits aren\'t getting any better.  What other little surprises are they going to pull out of the hat?  With the ageing population and so many nursing homes closing where are we all going to go when we need help?  Maybe we\'ll end up with a city of grey nomads out the back of woop woop and hopefully there will be enough retired professionals so we can set up our own health care system!  Happy to help with anything I can to bring this out in the open...Jenny

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"As a recipient of cataract surgery, in each eye, over the past 12 months, I, a 75 year old, can only say my lifestyle has improved beyond my imagination.

The present cover by Medicare for this procedure is a necessity and I think serious thought should be given to any changes that will affect the availabity of this service to the aged and those who have a limited income sources. I do not understand what research has recommended the change in the Medicare Cover and would recommend you look closely at it."

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This is exactly the time older people need help with eyesight..do they want us all confined, off the road, out of sight..well we wont see to vote either.!!!

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Cataract surgery is a vital aid to enabling people to stay in their home.  The increased risk of injury from falls etc is only going to increase hospital admissions and otherwise preventable entry into residential aged care facilities.  Penny wise and pound foolish as my granny would say.

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I would like to hear Minister Roxons replies to the questions. I am a person in late sixties and find it unbelieveable that this outrageous change could happen. It is time for Mr. Turnbull to stand up and clearly state his parties stance on this terrible state of affairs.

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enough is enough....stop picking on the ones that are trying not to be a burden on the system.

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Who thinks up these schemes? If people delay cateract surgery and have falls, breaking their hips etc, what about the cost of caring for them then? I can\'t believe the proposed changes.

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I do not have cateracts as yet. My husband had his removed and he is glasses- free for the first time since he was six years old. I have watched so many friends turn from almost invalids needing help, to confident, happy, independent people again.

I would have thought it would make sense to do more of these operations so people are given a new lease on life and not be a burden on society.

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I have been researching private health funds as I have recently been told I have very early stages of cateracts in both eyes which will require removal in a few years but now I won\'t bother and just have them done in the public system. Why should I make it easier for the government when they won\'t come to the party.

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I had three bad falls in the year prior to having cataract surgery. First breaking a rib, then a couple of knee injuries.After discovering that I had cataracts I am now so much more confident when out walking by dog.please add my name to any petition you may know of.

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My husband and I both retired pensioners, struggle and cut back on other things to ensure we stay in private health insurance because we both have heart problems and diabetes and arthritis incl. joint replacements and do not wish to go onto public indefinite lists. Now this added burden. I would like the Minister to explain how she and her Govt choose to ignore is that for every pensioners in private health insurance, it saves the Govt in public hospital care. Obviously she has no idea what it is like to exist on a pension. She should remember that pensioners have voting powers too and long memories.

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Typical misbegotten government policy further evidence of ignorance at political and bureaucratic level of the social and economic cost of vision loss.

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Once again an ill thought out decision. It is much easier to make a policy than it is to really think it through and make an informed decision!

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This is another example of Ms Roxon\'s dtermination to penalise doctors and people prepared to contribute to their own care. I am one such person but guess I will now have to line up with everyone else on the public hospital waiting list.

Sight is such an important thing for us oldies and Ms Roxon will find it is going to cost much more for us all to be dependent on public hospitals.

The whole health system is deteriorating at a rapid rate under her rule.!!!

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When I heard the add on the radio for this site I could not believe my ears. It realy make absolutely no sense to cut funding on cataract surgery. Sight gives the elderly their independance so they can stay in thir own homes and look after themselves, which is not possible if they are sight impared by cateracts it would make their lives impossible.!!

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Five crucial questions which must be put to the Federal Health Minister. There is a huge swell of discontent with Labor over this gratuitous and unfair decision.

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Sometimes I think the Government forgets it is there to serve the public who are the taxpayers and voters. Someone needs to remind them that the grey power vote is growing in numbers.

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My 89 year young mother had her first cataract done 9 weeks ago, and what a difference it has made to her enjoyment and ability to participate more in life. Mum will be having her remaining cateract removed on 1st September and she is so excited to be able to read again and watch tv and eventhough she is 89 she is out most days with friends and with her entertainment group that travel around Melbourne to give concerts for so many groups. It has given her greater confidence, and a renewed interest in life. The alternative for many future people is to be locked up in a gradualy diminishing world and all the the mental problems that will bring.

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Thanks Mr Rudd, another kick in the bum for someone who is approaching pension age and worried about how to survive. That\'s bad enough, but to be worried about health issues like this, under a labour government (THE WORKER\'S PARTY!!!!) is nothing short of disgusting. Thank you to this website and it\'s radio advertising, otherwise I wouldn\'t have known anything about it.

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As a patient in SA I have been waiting 12 months for surgery - now this.

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This is ludicrous when you think that GMH have just been given $200 million - what a waste of resources when people need cataracts off before they go blind!

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I am a member of the Labor Party and I am dismayed at this cutback. I have to agree with you and I will be sending an email to the Minister for Health and also Mr. Rudd, who I know and speak to on a regular basis.

 
 
 

Can you appreciate the waste of taxpayer money in saving $307 on the Rebate cut, yet costing $3500 to the public hospitals if the patient goes public ? That is not good use of taxpayer money.

Why was there no modelling on the likely effects on public hospital waiting lists?

 

 A 50% cut is not a minor adjustment and has huge social implications. People are upset - what happened to community consultation? And why was there no consultation prior to these cuts?

 

Why disadvantage 123,000 older patients per year for a saving of 30 Million, when an 11% shift to public care will wipe out all of your proposed savings? That is not very good economics.

 

Do you appreciate how your changes will create a two-tiered system and disadvantage pensioners and low income patients?

 
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