As if some weird celestial parallel happened, the other day I blogged about being in the twenty percent. I’m the one in five Australians with a mental illness. Take a second to think about that. One in five. If you have more than five people I’m your family, at your work, in your street, on your bus (I’m sure you see where I’m going here). Then statistically, one of those will have a medically diagnosed mental illness.
Not everyone of those twenty percent will need to see a psychologist, but for those of us who do, the treatment is often life changing and life saving. Currently under Australia’s universal (Oh L O L) healthcare system, Medicare, we’re entitled to 16 psych sessions in a calendar year. This is going to be slashed to just ten as of January 1, 2013.
Can you imagine saying to cancer patient, that they can no longer have chemo because their ten doses ran out?
Psych services are just as important for the health and well being of our nation, as any other ‘life saving’ treatment or service.
Keep that in mind next time you’re at the ballot box.