Oh my oh my. Today was my second visit to a neurologist about my migraines. The first was at the public hospital with a person called a registrar who admitted he did not know anything about migraines. This was a free visit (or paid by the taxpayer visit, as we like to call it in Australia). The visit today was a referral from this kind registrar to a private neurologist who does know something about migraines. For this privilege I paid $440 of which $220 is recoverable from the taxpayers funded scheme, which we refer to as Medicare. However, if a service is partially covered by Medicare you are not allowed to claim any of the out of pocket cost through your private health care. I still can’t quite understand why, but that is how it is in Australia.
How long winded is this getting?
I got the pathology done and then visited the local pharmacy to fill the prescriptions I was given. I now have in the cupboard the following drugs, partially funded by Medicare. Remember how I said if Medicare partially pays for something you are not allowed to claim it on your private health. This is starting to sound like an Australian Health Public Policy lecture!
- mersyndol forte
- bioceuticals migraine care
These are all alternatives or additions to the aspirin, imigran, panadol, and neurofen that I currently use.
At some point I think the whole thing got quite ridiculous and I will sit down when I am not so tired and go through her explicit instructions on where to start. I will then work out the next best course of drug action so when the next one hits I know what I am doing. I am so hoping by being so prepared that one will never come!