Opinion: Government must not cut rural health basics

NO ONE ever wants to go to hospital.

We go because we are in pain, we've got life threatening injuries or we can't figure out what is wrong with our children/dependent's bodies because they can't tell us.

Gladstone has some great medical resources and the health board and Medicare Locals have really turned services around here.

But when my better half had a sporting injury on Saturday night I was almost relieved that he was playing in Rockhampton, where the x-ray department was staffed over the weekend.

It didn't bother me that we had to wait for three hours to get an x-ray and see a doctor, and we were relieved when we discovered there was no break or fracture.

But with Gladstone being such a sporting town it irks me a little that we still don't have access to some basic services that would give a quick answer to a simple question for frequent injuries.

When the government is cutting health funding we need to ask, where are the priorities for rural health?



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