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SOME HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY’S DENYING COVER FOR INFECTIONS, BEDSORES AND MORE…

As is the trend in other western countries Australia’s health insurance industry are beginning to design and enforce new policies when re-negotiating contracts with hospitals and care institutions.

A recent ABC presentation highlighted this emerging trend by insurers of refusing to include within the proposed new agreement with one of Australia’s Leading private healthcare groups, Calvary. Medibank private was proposing not to cover some 165 complications resulting from surgery, including the patient contracting an infection or developing bed sores as a result of their stay in hospital.

See Link: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4300775.htm

This new policy direction of the insurance sector is likely to have been influenced by the Director General of the World Health Organisation Dr Margarete Chan, who addressed the 2015 G7 health ministers meeting on antimicrobial resistance.

While putting forward her views on where the world was heading with the ever increasing resistance of organisms to antibiotics she made the following statement:

“This will be the end of modern medicine as we know it. If current trends continue, sophisticated interventions, like organ transplantation, joint replacements, cancer chemotherapy, and care of pre-term infants, will become more difficult or even too dangerous to undertake.”

The ramifications for hospitals and other care facilities will become enormous, not only for the hospital but also for the patient.

Dr Chan’s full speech can be read at: http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2015/g7-antimicrobial-resistance/en/

NEW, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES NEED TO BE ADDED TO EXISTING INFECTION MITIGATION STRATEGIES TO STOP INFECTION FROM STARTING AND THAT IS WHERE ABSOLUT SOLUTIONS CAN PLAY A PART.

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