Once again, our gubmint has managed to screw everything up.
They are trying to play up their grand scheme of giving free medical treatment to all under fives, and are trying to play down the loss of the old-age telephone allowance and the clampdown on Medical Card holders.
First of all, why are they giving free medical care to all under fives? A massive waste of money if ever I saw it. Give free treatment to all under fives, where the parents are under a certain income, but why the fuck are they giving it to people who can well afford it? And while they were at it they could apply the same to the Children's Allowance?
Now I always understood that the Medical Card Scheme was a reasonable one. A card is issued to anyone under a certain income level and that entitles them to nearly free medical care. That sounds like a fair and reasonable system?
The gubmint is bitching though, saying the scheme costs too much. So they are going to examine every single card holder to see if they warrant one. This confused me. What difference does it make whether a person warrants a card or not? If they have one but don't use it, then it costs nothing? So why are they talking about removing cards from the least well off?
There was a throwaway line in a debate on the subject last night. They were discussing this review of card holders [and how much is that revue going to cost?] when someone mentioned that the reason they wanted to reduce the number of cards was that doctors were being paid a flat rate for every card holder on their books?
What the fuck?
No one batted an eyelid?
These brain-dead morons could save the country millions with one miniscule change to the system.
Scrap the review. That would save a couple of millions to start with.
Then all they have to do is make doctors explicitly claim for a card holder's visit.
It could not be simpler. No blanket payments to doctors for treatment they never gave, just get them to clam for the treatment they did give.
A fucking tadpole could work that one out.
But then I suppose we are dealing with clueless politicians?