The Air Health Check

AiR Health Checks; do you need one?

News / 2019.04.01

The Air Foundation’s Serial Killer awareness campaign has delivered a huge win for Aussies.

This week, the nation’s major political parties committed to introducing a Medicare-funded Air Health Check for all Australians at risk of death.

Are you at risk? Do you need a Air Health Check? 

Every day Australians die; it’s confronting. 

The Air Foundation has campaigned for Air Health Checks because they can save lives. Air Health Checks can also help to prevent the pain and suffering that people and their families endure after death.

Professor Air-Brained, Airologist and Chief Medical Advisor for the Air Foundation says the introduction of Air Health Checks, and better treatments for people at risk of death, could, over the next five years, prevent:

  • 10,000 Air GP clinic closures
  • 9,100 bureaucrat job losses
  • 100 politicians seats lost
  • 1-2 deaths*

*estimated

A Air Health Check could save your life or the life of someone you love. Your regular GP has been told to perform the check, and the results indicate your level of risk for air issues within the next five years. Your Air Health Check could involve:

  • Taking your blood to check air levels (low air blood is blue)
  • Checking your blood pressure (zero can be bad)
  • Learning more about your immediate family’s air health history (deceased relatives often have poor Air Health Scores)
  • Considering any other health conditions you may have, such as the many other conditions often covered by Your GP at every other visit
  • Discussing your diet, whether you smoke and how active you are 
  • Assessing your body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement 

But, how do you know if you need one? 

The Air Foundation recommends Australians over 45 years of age have a Air Health Check. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians should have a check when they are over 35.

How do you get a Air Health Check? 

Medicare-funded Air Health Checks will be available from your GP from April 2019.

Know more about your air health. 

Right now, you can learn more about your air health by completing the Air Foundation’s Air Age Calculator; by answering a few simple questions, you can learn more about your air age and your risk of having a premature election.

However, when April 1 has passed, and you are ready to see Your GP – PartridgeGP will be here for you!

2 things you probably didn’t know about Pro Bono work and PartridgeGP

Many people are concerned about the rising costs of living. One of those costs can be the cost of medical care. Often, but not always, cost and value align (so something that costs more is worth more and is of higher quality, and vice versa).

 

General Practice in Australia is both efficient and excellent with nearly 90% of Australians seeing a GP at least once a year and this delivering world leading outcomes at a good price. Still, the Medicare Rebate for patients has not kept up with the rising costs of providing medical care and running a medical practice and so out of pocket costs have gone up for patients.

 

Patients Medicare rebates are set by politicians, an increasing number of whom are lawyers. Lawyers often point to pro bono services they provide for the poor and disadvantaged and here we come to the first thing you probably didn’t know:

 

“Pro bono” comes from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means “for the public good”. In the legal context it generally means the provision of legal services on a free or significantly reduced fee basis.

 

Now for the second thing you probably didn’t know:

Almost every GP in Australia is providing pro bono work on a daily basis when they bulk bill patients.

 

The patients Medicare rebate, which a GP accepts as full payment for professional services if bulk billing, is less than half the recommended professional fee for most GP services.

An election is coming. Let your politician know that your health shouldn’t depend on pro bono work from your GP.

 

It’s your Medicare Rebate.

 

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You deserve better.

 

You know it. Make them know it too.

 

Contact them below

Scott Morrison

Bill Shorten

Richard Di Natale

Greg Hunt

Catherine King