Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 30 Jan 2019
Total posts 8
The QLD premier has announced that QLD hospitals are only available to QLDers . So what happens to someone gets ill in Cairns they would apparently have to fly interstate to get hospitalisation ? I have noted that when she says QLD will be open she has deliberately refused to open this up .I think airlines,tourist operators have a duty to notify all interstate visitors of this bizarre situation. I have written but have received no reply
Member since 17 Jun 2020
Total posts 33
Given how vindictive and unrelenting Queensland has been towards anyone not from Queensland, I do not know why anyone would want to go and visit except to see family or for unavoidable business that cannot be done via Zoom.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 267
Depends what day it is I guess, things change day to day but the borders could go back up in a panic at anytime, and yes the attitude of Qld has been disgraceful in all this and as someone living in Qld I find it embarrassing that last week southerners were all an infected health risk and then suddenly please come and holiday in Qld because we are broke and need your money, hypocrites.
Member since 09 May 2020
Total posts 74
There is no way she can enforce this for anyone who emergency medical care, while most people who doesn’t need emergency care and can still fly home, would rather go home close to their family anyway.
While some in Northern NSW do travel to large hospitals in Gold Coast and Brisbane for complex care (those within driving distance of 3-4 hours), rather than fly to Sydney, the lesser well know fact is that NSW border town hospitals like Tweed Head see a significant number of QLDers who wants to avoid the wait for care in Gold Coast hospital.
Furthermore the way the hospital system works is that the Qld Health charges to NSW Health for cost of service rendered (minus Medicare) plus a premium/levy so the irony is that there is some revenue being generated.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 117
The Qld Premier's statement about hospitals being for Queenslanders only was a political statement (albeit an outrageous and disgraceful one), rather than a change of policy. It was spoken in the approach to an election campaign, as a justification for closing the border.
Needless to say, anyone with a Medicare card is legally entitled to treatment in any public hospital in Australia.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 440
Originally Posted by johnflynne
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 240
The Queensland election is over, so all of those stupid things that the Premier was saying then no longer apply.
(The issue was not that the hospital would turn non-Qlders away; it was that to get to the hospital, people in northern NSW would have to cross the Qld border, which was verboten!)
As others have noted, any Australian is entitled to treatment in any public hospital in Australia.
Member since 06 Dec 2014
Total posts 18
..and unfortunately this opportunistic and uncaring politician was voted back in.
Member since 07 May 2020
Total posts 61
I think that Medicare is a universal card in Australia so it can be presented at any medical facility that accepts bulk billing regardless of borders. So that is my experience.
Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 130
Anyone can attend any hospital in Australia - how you're charged is all that is different. If you have a Medicare card you'll pay nothing at a public hospital (except ambulance transport costs in some cases). If you are from some countries ie UK, Netherlands & a few others they'll treat you under reciprocal health arrangements. If you don't have a Medicare card or come from a country without a reciprocal arrangement ie USA you'll be charged for your treatment. If you go to a private hospital you'll likely have an out of pocket in all cases.
Book your holiday & enjoy yourself - the Premier can't stop them fixing your broken leg.
Originally Posted by XWu
Member since 13 Nov 2018
Total posts 15
1. I’m not spending my Victorian money in Queensland. I’m supporting LOCAL.
2. I can’t trust that trigger happy, narcissistic Polly not to have another knee jerk reaction. I also have heard many reports of how there is no distancing, no tracking and no personal covid hygiene up there. At least down here most are still cautious.
3. It’s just too hot and too humid up there at this time of year. The time to visit QLD is during autumn and winter. That has long since passed.
4. Business, friends & family can come down here... I’ll remember those who do, and those who don’t.
Member since 12 Aug 2020
Total posts 7
The lack of a clear 'plan' is scandalous, but many would say that is par for the course. I would not risk Queensland until the Premier says " we would have to reach x cases per day for x days before we closed the border'. She cannot and will not do this. It is all so vague. The tourism sector is bleeding and the State is broke. What more can I say ?
Member since 04 Sep 2015
Total posts 19
I agree you cant trust AP at all she is a dictator and I would only go for a family reason now and can’t wait for NZ to open up.
I feel the same re WA , glad we have Gladys here in NSW
Member since 17 Jul 2015
Total posts 4
The state everyone should be concerned about flying to is WA. With trigger happy Premier McGowan in charge who closes the border at every opportunity everyone is taking a risk flying into and out of WA.
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