Meth use makes me sick
I HAVE spotted two sets of data which point to misplaced priorities plaguing this country.
One is the alarming fall in the percentage of the population (45.5 per cent) covered by private health insurance and the other is a report showing Australia has the highest rate of meth addiction in the world.
So while fewer of us can afford the escalating cost of health insurance, a frightening number are prepared to pay big money for illegal and highly addictive drugs.
Which of the two is the better long-term investment?
The Crime and Corruption Commission in its Illicit drug markets in Qld: 2015—16 intelligence assessment highlighted that methylamphetamine continued to be rated as the illicit drug market that posed the highest level of risk in the state — “due to the high level of involvement by organised crime, its ready availability, and the significant harms the drug causes to individual users and the community”.
Meanwhile, the biggest concern in the health insurance drop off is the trend of young people, aged 20-34, dumping their cover. I wonder how many have drug expense issues?
The irony is that drug users will need serious medical help at sometime – and the taxpayer will be looking after that.
The other slap in the face for those who go without to afford health insurance is while policy numbers fall, health fund profits continue to soar to over $1.38 billion.
By 2051, finder.com predicts that if current trends continue, the average family will be spending 20.2 per cent of their wages on health insurance.
We need urgent reform now.