Fund our ambulance services.
A woman, lying on the floor, unable to stand, barely able to speak. Begging us not to call an ambulance because she can't afford it.
Sounds like something from the USA, right? From their unfunded nightmare of a system where only the rich get healthcare.
That could never happen in Aotearoa right?
Except it did. It does.
For those on the lowest incomes, on benefits, etc, an ambulance bill can be an entire week's income. That's not okay.
Fully cover fees for ambulance trips, at the very least for community service card holders. (and not by getting winz to put them in disability allowance, not only is that a massive hassle, but lots of disabled people already have their disability allowances maxxed out, plus it pays after the fact)
Also, if people wanted to work long hours for free, while being under-appreciated, screamed at, bitten, sworn at, thrown up on, and cleaning up various bodily fluids, they'd become parents. So why on earth do our ambulances have to use volunteer paramedics. How is 'volunteer paramedic' even a phrase that we have in our language.
Why is an essential, respected, life saving service not fully funded in a country that supposedly has publicly funded healthcare????
Fund the ambulance services. All of them. For the whole country.
Why the contribution is important
Well, it would seem that if you want a great healthcare system, it would be cool if people didn't drop dead before they could get to where that healthcare system was located.
by AceTimelord on March 11, 2023 at 06:51AM