Listen to the science!
Climate Change alarmism has taken a macabre turn that will seem to be satire, but is not. It happened in Sweden.
At a summit for food in the future (the climate-ravaged future) called Gastro Summit, in Stockholm Sept 3-4, a professor held a powerpoint presentation asserting that we must “awaken the idea” of eating human flesh in the future, as a way of combatting the effects of climate change.
No wonder Greta Thunberg left Sweden.
Private health insurance not states’ cash cow
Private health insurance is a colossal waste of money for most people. It’s a pyramid scheme where the healthy subsidise the treatment of the sick and the old, which is why Australians are penalised for not taking it out at a young age.
So with the economic case so rotten, why are state governments making it worse?
Australians insured with HCF face hundreds of dollars per night in out-of-pocket fees if they are admitted to NSW public hospitals as private patients in a private room after the health fund became the latest to slash benefits.
HCF, the nation’s largest non-profit fund, advised members on Monday it was clawing back higher fees charged by public hospitals in NSW and the ACT, leaving members there with out-of-pocket expenses of $320 per night.
Hold on! Why are state governments to blame? Here’s why:
Private Healthcare Australia says NSW and ACT public hospitals charge $752 per night for private patients in their own rooms, compared with an average $432 in other states.
After announcing the fund will only pay NSW the equivalent of what it pays other states, a spokesman for HCF said the fund “understands acutely that affordability of private insurance is a major challenge” and was “doing all we can to help address this issue for our members”.
“One way to achieve this is to ensure we are not paying excessive fees for services,” he said
Insurers claim their members are being used as cash cows for an underfunded public health system, with state-run hospitals adopting aggressive tactics to push more patients to use their private health insurance even when it offers no material benefit.
Rachel David, chief executive of Private Healthcare Australia, said the higher charge was “not only very wasteful” for insurers trying to keep premiums down, but created “a perverse incentive for hospitals to undertake some of the cost-shifting that’s occurred.”