So Tony Abbott is planning to cut the health budget by 150 million!!
Is this a good idea?
At first glance one thinks not! BUT maybe it is not such a bad move! There will be many experts who come out with statistics about endless waiting lists for surgery, unfair waiting times in A&E departments and no doubt many predictions about how this will increase the ‘sickness’ level in our community.
Whilst the government is, no doubt, only looking at this from an economic point of view (and we know it’s not possible for them to look at the bigger picture or venture ‘outside the square’), they may well be doing the community an unintended favour.
How? if the funding is cut and ‘services’ are reduced, then that may well encourage people to look at other means and ways of being healthy. It may push people gently towards taking responsibility for their own health. Increasing exercise, or even make a start on doing some exercise, looking at nutrition – what do you eat? and it also will increase business for many in the ‘alternative’ health areas. People may be forced to look at many other solutions, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, meditation…and the list goes on.
I will certainly be watching this space with interest. What are your thoughts?