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#1 Nobodyelse

Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:07 PM

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So I've cancelled my NIB policy. Anyone who advocates for a US style health system deserves naught of my money.

https://www.theage.c...Aj4L2wwPZGcnFJA

#2 purplekitty

Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:08 PM

Well done.

#3 WTFancie shmancie

Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:11 PM

Good on you, Nobodyelse.

#4 born.a.girl

Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:31 PM

Excellent, well done you.

So relieved I'm not with them.


What an awful thing to say.


In admin in a facebook health group that is composed mostly of those in the US. The bizarre rigmarole many of the insured have to go through: one person's insurance will pay for the (expensive) medication, but only if they 'pass' an expensive test, which the insurance company won't pay for.

Others are forced to use generic medications which specialists in the area have called 'unreliable' (and are not available in Australia).

Others have been reluctant to go back to emergency because they haven't paid the bill from last time.

I'm quite honestly staggered that anyone, even someone from a PHI company would suggest the US system.

#5 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:32 PM

what a ****wit.


#6 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:05 PM

View PostNobodyelse, on 23 July 2019 - 07:07 PM, said:

So I've cancelled my NIB policy. Anyone who advocates for a US style health system deserves naught of my money.

https://www.theage.c...Aj4L2wwPZGcnFJA
My NIB ambulance cover due if anyone can recommend another am happy to swap.

#7 Ozquoll

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:24 PM

Mr Fitzgibbon gets a salary of $3.6m p.a. from NIB. I can see why he thinks the private health insurance system is just dandy!

#8 kadoodle

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:26 PM

View Post28 Barbary Lane, on 23 July 2019 - 08:05 PM, said:


My NIB ambulance cover due if anyone can recommend another am happy to swap.

Direct from Ambulance Victoria (or NSW, SA...)

#9 *Spikey*

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:29 PM

I swapped from NIB to HCF a while back. iSelect managed to locate a very good incentive deal....

And he is a greedy a*s*hole.

#10 Nobodyelse

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:32 PM

View Post*Spikey*, on 23 July 2019 - 08:29 PM, said:

I swapped from NIB to HCF a while back. iSelect managed to locate a very good incentive deal....

And he is a greedy a*s*hole.

That's who my brother and I (and DH and the kids) have moved to.

#11 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:58 PM

He would think that, wouldn't he? How about we do the opposite instead?

#12 afterlaughter

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:10 PM

View Postkadoodle, on 23 July 2019 - 08:26 PM, said:



Direct from Ambulance Victoria (or NSW, SA...)

Ambulance NSW does not offer insurance, in NSW only option is to gain cover through one of the private health insurance companies.

#13 Lunafreya

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:25 PM

View Postafterlaughter, on 23 July 2019 - 09:10 PM, said:



Ambulance NSW does not offer insurance, in NSW only option is to gain cover through one of the private health insurance companies.
You can get ambulance only fairly cheap though.

#14 maryanneK

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:35 PM

that made me SO angry. I'm going to publicise that as much as I can in the hope that more people do as the OP has

#15 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:35 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 23 July 2019 - 08:58 PM, said:

He would think that, wouldn't he? How about we do the opposite instead?

“all patients would have the same waiting periods for treatment, as opposed to the current two-tiered system”

I agree with him this is a desirable outcome but definitely the way to do it is get rid of the private health system!  Then watch how quickly public gets properly funded once decision makers need to rely on it!

Edited by Chaotic Pogo, 23 July 2019 - 09:36 PM.


#16 Magratte

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:40 PM

His opinion is very scary and arrogant. I am truly worried that there may be push to go that direction.

#17 Lifesgood

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:43 PM

Yeah its all over Twitter - you can imagine the responses.

What an entitled ageing white male f*ckwit.

#18 annodam

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:44 PM

View Postkadoodle, on 23 July 2019 - 08:26 PM, said:

Direct from Ambulance Victoria (or NSW, SA...)


Second this, just get Ambo cover through them.
Glad we're not with NIB, the phukers!

#19 DM. 2012

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:45 PM

That article is full of so many ridiculous suggestions.  Getting rid of Medicare is the worst, Medicare is what makes our health system so much better than America.

#20 Ozquoll

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:50 PM

Oh sh*t! You know how they say you should never believe something until it’s been officially denied?

https://thenewdaily....alth-insurance/

#21 TrixieBelden

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:52 PM

Total ignorance of the extent to which the private system contributes to delays in elective surgery, the complete refusal of private hospitals to deal with a raft of serious health conditions as they are simply 'too expensive', the fact that private health insurance is not economically sustainable, that private psychiatric hospitals cherry pick certain conditions whilst leaving serious psychiatric emergencies that are messy and unlikely to be experienced by the wealthy to the public system, and that private hospitals cannot manage serious illness and handball critically ill patients to the public system after they've ****ed up their entirely unnecessary or futile (and therefore completely unethical) profit-driven surgery....

The man is delusional.

#22 purplekitty

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:53 PM

View PostTrixieBelden, on 23 July 2019 - 09:52 PM, said:

Total ignorance of the extent to which the private system contributes to delays in elective surgery, the complete refusal of private hospitals to deal with a raft of serious health conditions as they are simply 'too expensive', the fact that private health insurance is not economically sustainable, that private psychiatric hospitals cherry pick certain conditions whilst leaving serious psychiatric emergencies that are messy and unlikely to be experienced by the wealthy to the public system, and that private hospitals cannot manage serious illness and handball critically ill patients to the public system after they've ****ed up their entirely unnecessary or futile (and therefore completely unethical) profit-driven surgery....

The man is delusional.

Preach it.

#23 Lunafreya

Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:56 PM

View PostTrixieBelden, on 23 July 2019 - 09:52 PM, said:

Total ignorance of the extent to which the private system contributes to delays in elective surgery, the complete refusal of private hospitals to deal with a raft of serious health conditions as they are simply 'too expensive', the fact that private health insurance is not economically sustainable, that private psychiatric hospitals cherry pick certain conditions whilst leaving serious psychiatric emergencies that are messy and unlikely to be experienced by the wealthy to the public system, and that private hospitals cannot manage serious illness and handball critically ill patients to the public system after they've ****ed up their entirely unnecessary or futile (and therefore completely unethical) profit-driven surgery....

The man is delusional.
I think there are tunnels between many private and public hospitals. When there’s an emergency in the private, you’re quickly transferred to public.

I know where I’d rather be.

#24 BECZ

Posted 23 July 2019 - 10:00 PM

Ok, anybody got suggestions for another health insurance company.  We very rarely use it and each time we have, it would have made no difference to the price or treatment we received, but we need to keep it just in case.  Must have good orthodontic cover as all four of our kids have shocking teeth.

#25 SFmummyto3

Posted 23 July 2019 - 10:35 PM

Coincidently I had planned to cancel my Nib policy as they increased the premium by $150p mth. Today at Specsavers I asked them should I claim my new glasses with them before I cancel or wait and claim with HCF(who I am changing to). Without any hesitation they said “Nib are the worst, def go with HCF”.

HCF also cover our regular dentist for checkups so I’m happy enough.

Would be great if we had a properly funded health system without any need for private health insurers.

Edited by SFmummyto3, 23 July 2019 - 10:39 PM.





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