Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
What's the best health insurance in Australia for dental work? I have a chipped tooth that needs capping and some wisdom teeth that need removing, and I don't want to wait a long time. I can't afford to spend that much either.
I'm being kicked off my parents health insurance, so I'm trying to decide whether to take out my own policy or "self insure". Is there something major that I'm overlooking? (In Australia) [more inside]
Are there any public advocacy groups in Australia to help people with debilitating illnesses get new medical products and procedures added to Medicare?
Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
What's it like to be sick in Australia? [more inside]