[AusNOG] Gillard promises video doctors with NBN
grahamelynch at commsdaymail.com
Tue Aug 17 15:32:30 EST 2010
Without wanting to sound like a political shill I distinctly recall Conroy
saying at the debate last week that fibre was the only way to do
videconferencing, wireless can't cut it.
But the policy announced yesterday directs health videoconferencing services
at the regional and rural areas that are going to miss out on fibre and get
WiMax/LTE or satellite instead under the NBN plans.
So either you can do video over wireless/satellite or you can't? What will
It just strikes me that there is such an amazing lack of deductive logic or
thought process involved in these policies.
Has anyone thought through the insurance implications of video healthcare or
the fact that many specialists or patients might simply refuse it?
It's like when the esteemed expert Rod Tucker said the other idea that a
single strand of fibre had 10,000 times the capacity of the entire
electromagnetic spectrum (yes I thought lightwaves were a part of the
spectrum not the other way around too).
I can see why people here want an NBN and oppose the Coalition's (lack of)
But the rhetoric mounted for NBN policies is so internally contradictory
(such as a gigabit speed involves no extra cost as if transit and backhaul
are free) that they defy belief and actually invite suspicion!
On 17 August 2010 12:20, Matt Shadbolt <matt.shadbolt at gmail.com> wrote:
> question is, WHY isn't it being used?
> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM, Andrew Oskam <percy at th3interw3bs.net>wrote:
>> Interesting points. Thanks John :)
>> Andrew Oskam
>> E percy at th3interw3bs.net
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>> On 17/08/2010, at 2:33 PM, John Edwards wrote:
>> On 17/08/2010, at 1:47 PM, Andrew Oskam wrote:
>> I just think it's a bit optimistic to have plans to spend so much money on
>> the 1st term when so much is being spent already.
>> This is one of those economic benefit thingies I was mentioning earlier.
>> (Disclaimer: I have done a lot of work with a vendor of medical
>> videoconferencing services)
>> People are already getting medicare rebates for physical visits to a
>> doctor, but the law stipulates that you actually have to visit the doctor to
>> This promise (which a number of parties have been lobbying for for some
>> time now!) will mean that you can get a medicare rebate for a video
>> While this will may well increase the number of rebates due to greater
>> ease-of-use, it's essentially the same rebate money that was being spent
>> The "benefit" to most of us is that doctors won't have to pay for a
>> physical waiting room, and people won't have to burn hydrocarbons to "visit"
>> their GP. People won't risk having to catch infectious diseases from other
>> waiting sick people, or sacrifice valuable rest to travel just because their
>> sadistic boss insists on a sick certificate!
>> These benefits don't even begin to scratch the surface of benefits in
>> healthcare of the elderly - just the ambulance bills in ferrying them around
>> are incredible.
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