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1 year 1 month ago #27536 by Johnno
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Hi Jo,

Yeah your right we need to catch up the 17th is good for me as the other days I'm JPing

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as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse

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1 year 1 month ago #27542 by illeatyu
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Johno,

Mate I hear yah, its a long dark hole and when your at the bottom the light seems like a train coming.

For me the depression comes in waves, gets worse then gets better then gets worse, the problem is that at the worse bits its hard to remember that it gets better but it does even if it takes a very loooooooong time to get there.
I am still working because I have to and some mornings getting out of bed is so very hard, but I drag my arse out and get dressed and off I go, usually once i'm up I feel better, I think having to get up helps, having a reason to get my arse moving helps stop me staying in bed all day, it also helps stop me from getting stuck in my own head.

Do you have any hobbies anything to help get you out of your head, I know its hard by the gods I know its hard, but the alternative is harder not for us but for those we leave behind, I am still climbing out of the pit and sometimes I slip and fall back down, but I keep climbing.

If you want to talk PM me and ill give you my number, I make more sense in person.

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Ricky

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1 year 4 weeks ago #27589 by wildturkeycanoe
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Well, after getting a curve ball from the hospital 3 weeks ago when they raised the cost of the procedure by $6k, I have had another setback.
I am only a week from getting the decision to release an extra $6k from my super and the hospital calls again, advising that due to the doctor wanting different hardware for the procedure, they need to update the quote again. Now the total is $12k more than originally, making the total for the surgery almost $54k. I don't know if the Early Release of Super people can process this in time, with next Monday the last day of my previous claim period [which takes 28 days] and surgery only two and a half weeks away. If the decision for this additional amount doesn't come through next week I have no other means with which to pay. My wife is also taking time off work to look after me during recovery, so for a few weeks we will be without a second income as well, making this a very stressful time indeed. The hospital and the specialist both do not accept invoicing for costs, but insist on payment in full upon admission and a week prior to surgery respectively, so the whole thing will have to be rescheduled which would make a complete mess of things.
If it is delayed, the quotes I have will be out of date [only 3 months validity], meaning new quotes will need to be provided. That means starting this whole thing from scratch and obviously dipping even further into what's left of my super. The entire purpose of getting these quotes in the first place was to ensure there is sufficient money to cover these costs, so repeatedly moving the goal posts defeats the purpose. The ERSB won't allow you to claim anything additional to the quotes for unforeseen or hidden costs, despite the quotations stating that there could be additional expenses like medication or physical therapy. Is this how normal consumer transactions are supposed to work? When you buy a new car can the dealer up the price because they think you need a different engine configuration, or the manufacturer made a mistake in the original quote due to underestimating shipping costs? Why is the consumer allowed to be walked all over? I just don't get it and am really worried this is all going to fall in a heap.
It isn't like I can just take my business elsewhere, thanks to a very limited number of specialists in the A.C.T that deal with these issues. So, I will bite my nails in the meantime and hope there is a sensible and compassionate person looking over my file in the government bureaucracy. With so much going on in our lives, all these complications are really making it hard to stay positive and focused on a good outcome. Keep your fingers crossed for me and thanks for taking the time to read my rant.

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1 year 4 weeks ago #27590 by Johnno
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WTC,

Mate give them a call and talk to a person I did with my super I discussed what I wanted to do and asked them if they could speed the claim up it went through in a week.
If you explain to the person over the phone your exact need I am sure they could increase the amount with a simple request , tell them the full history and explain that the money is required up front prior to surgery .
You could be pleasantly surprised as they are helpful after all it is your money.
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1 year 4 weeks ago - 1 year 4 weeks ago #27591 by illeatyu
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wildturkeycanoe

My only advice would be to call the medical ombudsman if it all goes south they may be able to help.

On a lighter note, I accessed some of my super to pay off the lease on my car because I was going to loose it and it was my only means of getting to the doc's, when I spoke to the release people they told me they couldn't help me as they were not allowed to pay things off, so I thought I was screwed, long story short I received a cheque in the mail for all of my payments for the next two years, this covered all but 4K of the cost and I was able to pay the car off.

When I rang to thank them she said, we couldn't pay it off, but there is a provision to make payments, and they opted to go down that path for me.

Where I am going is, Everyone I talked too in that department was awesome and they went out of their way to help me, Ring them and explain, I hope you get the same awesome lady I got.

Ricky

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1 year 4 weeks ago #27593 by Peter
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Hi WTC,

Really sorry to hear that these people don't honour quotes. Yes you are correct, a quote is supposed to be binding for both parties. And this crap about adding extra expenses is just a deceitful way of giving themselves permission to up the price.

It seems most people do honour them, except for some organisations in the health system. I have no suggestions for you, other than to do as John and Ricky have suggested.

Please let us know how you get on.


Peter

I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)

So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)

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