Know your healthcare rights
The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights that consumers, or someone they
care for, can expect when receiving healthcare. Healthcare rights cover: access, safety, respect, partnership, information,
privacy and the right to give feedback or make a complaint.
apply to all people in all places where healthcare is provided in Australia.
This includes public and private hospitals, day procedure services, general
practice and other community health services.
The Charter's 1st Edition was endorsed by health ministers in 2008. The Second Edition, launched in 2019, is a great tool for all healthcare consumers.
Type 2 Diabetes is reversible
Type 2 Diabetes is a silent pandemic. Millions have the disease and many do not know they have it. It disproportionately affects Indigenous Australians. The total annual cost for Australians with the disease is $6 billion. Enough GPs think there is no cure and simply prescribe medications but there is evidence that body fat reduction reverses the Disease. Dr Michael Mosley advocates rapid weight loss. Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung advocates intermittent fasting. Low carb eating and regular exercise are part of the solution. In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service accepts that Type 2 Diabetes is reversible.
Better tracking of Iatrogenesis
Iatrogenesis is harm or death resulting from medical treatment. A 2016 John Hopkins University study found the annual number of latrogenic deaths in the US to be 250,000. Later studies claimed up to 440,000 deaths: This is staggering when deaths due to respiratory disease were 150,000 per year.Some 90 countries use the World Health Organisation's ICD (International Classification of Diseases) as the basis mortality statistics, which determine medical research funding and public health programs. But, there is a problem. To date the ICD has not included medical treatment or medical errors. Changing the ICD may just transform healthcare.