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  1. Loopylu

    Brisbane Family Suburbs

    Sound advice, as usual!!
  2. Loopylu

    Experience of cancer in Australia please

    Hi - sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis but good to hear that he is stable. If your husband is an Australian citizen and chooses to return to Australia to live then he will qualify for Medicare treatment. However, in our experience, you cannot just handover all the NHS medical notes and instead you would likely have to be referred by a GP for ongoing oncology specialist treatment. When we moved here in 2008, my Aussie husband had Stage 3 chronic kidney disease and could not shortcut the GP and waitlist for seeing a specialist. Queensland Health failed to treat his condition with certain drugs that slow progression of the disease and we blame this on moving between systems and care not being smoothly transitioned. Basically, the NHS tests and diagnosis were binned and we were back to square one. My husband is now on dialysis and hoping to go on the active transplant list. All the best with whatever you decide to do and try to enjoy every day that you still have your husband.
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    Born in Aus, but due 6 month vaccines when in the UK

    Actually I had to phone up the local health authority administration team for the vaccines and ask for an appointment at the mass vaccination hub. It was not a case of just bowling up and sticking my arm out. I had to give my name and show ID to security and be ticked off the list. Really no different to getting a GP appointment. It was not a free for all as you suggest. Unlike the vaccine fiasco in Australia, people with current NHS numbers were sent a vaccine appointment, starting with the most vulnerable first. If you couldn’t make your allotted date and time it was easy to rearrange to a convenient time. As I did not have an appointment in the post I had to arrange one as described.
  4. Loopylu

    Malaysia Airlines

    We flew with this airline a year after the two incidents and it was fine. The crew and food were lovely. The only perturbing feature was the Islamic prayer before take off for a safe flight....
  5. Loopylu

    Experience of cancer in Australia please

    As others have commented, public hospital care in Australia can be hit and miss too. I don't think that you should move back to Australia solely based on a belief that the public health system may be better. I think you would need a few more reasons than that for a major upheaval in your living conditions which could increase your stress levels and set you back. I think it also depends on where you live in the UK as to the quality of care you receive. My Dad was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in February 2021 and the care he received up until his death in February 2022 in Carmarthenshire. Wales was second to none and better than the care my friend's husband received in Brisbane (again with a terminal diagnosis). If you decide to move back to Australia for other reasons and base yourself in or near to a major centre then your care should be of a first world standard (as you would get in the UK, Canada, EU, NZ etc) but noting that I have read of other first world countries such as France having medical staff shortages too. A lot of first world countries have limited the number of doctor training places at the insistence of the medical unions and now that the baby boomer generation are retiring there is a shortage of medics all round. This leads to first world countries poaching each others' doctors and those from poorer countries.
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    Born in Aus, but due 6 month vaccines when in the UK

    Hi Caz Not childhood vaccine, but I was in the UK in 2021 and was able to access a free Covid vaccine from the NHS without showing a British Passport or quoting my NHS number. The NHS was more than happy to vaccinate anyone who wanted it who was staying in the UK for a while. I was only there 2 months. Unlike Australian medical facilities that require sight of a Medicare card before treating you, NHS hospitals and GPs do not tend to turn people away who need treatment. I suggest that you ask your family in the UK to make enquiries at their local GP as to whether your son can have the vaccinations he needs. If they are frequent fliers there then the GP will likely help out. I would take your records with you so that the nurse or doctor administering the vaccine knows what your son has had to date and can sign off on the vaccinations. You will need evidence of vaccination on your return from Australia to obtain any child related tax concessions. Hope this helps.
  7. Loopylu

    Brisbane Family Suburbs

    Be very careful if you choose Sandgate. It’s a lovely spot but in recent years the avenues near to the water have flooded badly. We know a few people (including family) who have sold up after being flooded a couple of times. You may struggle to get 4-5 bedrooms near the water for $900k as house prices have rocketed in Brisbane. Houses of that size in good suburbs 20km to the north of the CBD on more than a postage stamp of land are going for $1.1 million at the moment.
  8. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    With the PBS safety net, it is easiest to manage your entitlement if you both go to the same chemist as they will keep a record of all your expenditure and, if you hit the $1400 threshold, they will apply the lower rate charge for all subsequent medication for the calendar year. This is not something that is advertised and we probably missed out on the PBS for several years before we cottoned on to how the system works.
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    Still here and still feel the pull

    My husband is on dialysis and does home haemodialysis. All of the equipment, home alterations are provided and paid for by Medicare. However certain drugs included in the infusion (heparin, iron) are prescription items and the patient pays. If you do home dialysis then you get some financial support towards water and electricity bill but it does not cover full additional cost. If you go to a dialysis hub to dialyse then no additional costs. You save Medicare about $20k a year doing home dialysis but you have out of pocket costs and subsidise Medicare in order to have the convenience of not having to go to a dialysis unit at a set time for 4-5 hours 3 times a week and sit next to some random stranger….
  10. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    As a lawyer I agree with Marissa on the tax front. Tax law specialist lawyers are the most expensive lawyers to consult, typically charging a 20% premium on the average commercial lawyer rate. They are also more versed in how to help the very rich and corporations to avoid tax. A tax agent is the way to go.
  11. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    Australia is not a cheap place to live. At least in the UK all medications are free to those on an aged pension… no need if you are on a low income to choose between your health and food/rent.
  12. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    I agree wholeheartedly about the 80s. Not sure how this issue is going to be fixed in either country as people continue to vote for minimal tax cuts over hospitals, schools etc for the greater good. All we can do is try to be kind and generous to others and make the most of life I suppose.
  13. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    I tend to agree. I have noticed lots of new housing developments in the villages of Worcestershire and also in Carmarthenshire. New industrial estates and shopping centres too.
  14. Loopylu

    Still here and still feel the pull

    Unfortunately due to my husband being on dialysis I don’t think he will ever live back in the UK again. He may not be a candidate for a transplant as his kidney failure is caused by an autoimmune condition and you can only dialyse for so long. The average life expectancy on dialysis is 5 years but obviously some people go much longer. I will look into being a living donor as a new kidney even if attacked by his body may give him more time.
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