I recently was diagnosed with diabetes; in some ways perhaps I’m not surprised, because of a family history and also (unfortunately) carrying some weight which is not good in general, but particularly so for diabetes. It gave me the kick in the butt that I probably needed — I’ve never really taken good care of myself, sometimes through apathy, and other times a lack of funds has meant insufficient health coverage.
Interestingly, the general populace in Australia throws off at the health system in the USA. But my experience is different — I lived there for 10 years and in that time had a knee replacement, and other normal ailments, which required medical attention. I worked for a University for the majority of the time and had subsidised health insurance. Many other workers in various employment sectors have a similar type of insurance. The knee replacement was done at a private hospital, with an overnight stay (the surgery is very easy on the body these days) and the out of pocket expenses for me amounted to about $250. When I went to the GP, my co-pay was never more than $20. I didn’t have to wait long periods to get in and I found their procedures to be easy to navigate, even for a foreigner not used to the ways and means of the health system.
Some of you may know that I have been searching for a new job — my previous one finished on April 20, and despite a LOT of applications, I remain unemployed and getting frustrated no end. Actually, I will admit that there’s some depression creeping in, so I am in touch with my health support in that regard. Sad to say, finding employment in this new world of work is near on impossible for anyone aged 50+ — here’s a decent explanation posted by a “jaded job seeker” that gives a very good indication of the experiences one has with gaining work. To date I’ve probably sent out over 50 applications, and received back at most 5 responses (all negative). No offer of feedback, and those that I have requested it from have not even responded. Manners seem to have gone out the window in this new age.
So there’s where I am right now. At least I have a roof over my head (though that could change as my own funds run low) for the time being. Fingers crossed I find something soon.