Posted by Bankie (as ),
I had nose surgery done earlier this year at Bentley Hospital. The surgeon (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Ear Nose & Throat Clinic) did not fix my collapsed nose which was one of the issues. The point is he was very willing to fix my collapsed nose when I went to see him first as a private patient. But as soon as I informed him that the insurance was not paying for the operation, I believe his attitude changed. And he did not fix the collapsed nose, only fixed the deviated septum and fracture. Now I am left still with breathing difficulties and lack of sleep. I went to see him after post-op and told him I still couldn't breathe correctly he gave me a nasal spray and then said he was taking me off the public system. I thought that was too quick. Point is why was this Surgeon willing to fix collapsed nose privately. And not fix this in the public system? I wish someone would tell me why. This health system leaves a lot to be desired. In my opinion, treatment of patients is well below grade. And if I hear someone else say to me the public system is free, I will scream. It's not free, you pay for it through Medicare and taxes. And if Perth can't get it's public health system sorted out now what's it going to be like with a growing population? I feel it's basically a mini America - have the money and pay for your operation or get to the end of the queue and suffer. I believe something has got to change.
I am now in the public system to see if I can get the operation to fix my nose.