Health is wealth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

HEALTH in­sur­ance, like all other house­hold ex­penses, is get­ting more ex­pen­sive.

If ev­ery per­son who could af­ford the cost of health in­sur­ance paid into a health fund, the cost could be less.

Un­for­tu­nately there are prob­a­bly a lot of well-off peo­ple able to pay but choose to use the pub­lic health sys­tem, wait­ing up to two years for a knee or hip re­place­ment.

A means test would be one way, so those able to pay do not bludge on the pub­lic health sys­tem.

In­stead of giv­ing a re­bate to young peo­ple to join a health fund, wouldn't it be bet­ter to give it to the loyal mem­bers who have been in a health fund most of their life?

I have been a mem­ber of a health fund for 70 years. Over the years I have been un­em­ployed.

Some­times it was hard to find the money, but I have al­ways be­lieved that health in­sur­ance was more im­por­tant than in­sur­ing the car.

Health is bet­ter than wealth, but a lit­tle wealth can help your health. FRANK GRANGER,


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