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Old 09-02-2014, 06:10 AM
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Congrats on the novel, too! I've been working on one of my own, but I have performance anxiety, so I'm not sure I'll ever finish it.

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Congrats on the novel, too! I've been working on one of my own, but I have performance anxiety, so I'm not sure I'll ever finish it.
Aw, cheers. It's been serialized in a monthly magazine, but Sept is when my publisher is releasing the full book version, so it's really exciting. C'moooooon 10 sales! Haha.

For yours, you have to finish it! Just publish it under a pseudonym if you're nervous. It'll feel really good to get it out there and done, believe me. Good luck!

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Bad news: today I got sick.
Good news: I used Medicare for the first time. For free.

My partner laughed at me...as a born and bred Aussie, for her it's something normal and she takes it for granted. It's cost me $120 for my last two visits to the GP!

Anyway, I should count myself lucky that at least I got to use it free for once before Mr Abbott slashes all of us with his GP visit surcharge.

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Bad news: today I got sick.
Good news: I used Medicare for the first time. For free.

My partner laughed at me...as a born and bred Aussie, for her it's something normal and she takes it for granted. It's cost me $120 for my last two visits to the GP!

Anyway, I should count myself lucky that at least I got to use it free for once before Mr Abbott slashes all of us with his GP visit surcharge.
Congrats . Obviously you live in an area with bulk bill practices - unfortunately none close to me . But my Dr is nice and sometimes she bulk bills me .

You can also go and get your eyes checked for free

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Congrats . Obviously you live in an area with bulk bill practices - unfortunately none close to me . But my Dr is nice and sometimes she bulk bills me .

You can also go and get your eyes checked for free
I haven't researched the medical system much, but I thought most doctors bulk billed and only a minority (eg private doctors) charged whatever they felt like and then you'd get the medicare covered fee refunded back to you. That's really unfortunate for you though, Mish :/

I've been lucky that I've only needed to visit a doctor twice in the past 5 years - but sometimes if I had to just for a regular cold I wouldn't go. Being charged $70 for someone to tell me to take fluids and paracetamol...well we all have Google for that


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I haven't researched the medical system much, but I thought most doctors bulk billed and only a minority (eg private doctors) charged whatever they felt like and then you'd get the medicare covered fee refunded back to you. That's really unfortunate for you though, Mish :/

I've been lucky that I've only needed to visit a doctor twice in the past 5 years - but sometimes if I had to just for a regular cold I wouldn't go. Being charged $70 for someone to tell me to take fluids and paracetamol...well we all have Google for that
It is actually the opposite. Most Dr's don't bulk bill and very few bulk bill.

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is anyone able to confirm if can apply for medicare before your bv comes into affect? My wife has just under two weeks left on her student visa then her BV kicks in. We are wanting to apply right away just wanting to know if that's possible.

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is anyone able to confirm if can apply for medicare before your bv comes into affect? My wife has just under two weeks left on her student visa then her BV kicks in. We are wanting to apply right away just wanting to know if that's possible.
My husband got his while still on his pmv. Just take the BVA grant notice with you.


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Thanks Mish, will do


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Good for you - perhaps different visa types mean the branch will/will not give you your medicare number on a piece of paper. My colleague received his interim card in the post about 10 days after enrolling (186 ENS Direct Entry visa)-Medicare branch and Medicare person we spoke to a week after enrolling both said around 4 weeks to receive the interim card by post. Both said they no longer give a piece of paper with your number on it to use until the interim card arrives.

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