Since 2012, Karen has been held in a carefully managed prison of silence, while her family uses her disability cash to fund their mortgage payments, household expenses and home renovations.
How much does the GP actually value the patient? Has the client now little more than a retail customer, to be dispensed with as quickly as possible and with the bare minimum of attention and care?
The social and mental wellbeing of a free citizenry outweighs the concerns of those who wish to restrict and control non-violent behaviour like smoking a hookah or having a beer outdoors after 11pm.
'About one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. That means if you don't get it, the person sitting next to you will.'
'Health care', has been the most popular pair of words for the promotion of medicine since time immemorial, but medicine treats disease and ony obliquely promotes health.
Citing rumours that a rogue nation or terrorist groups may have accessed secret stores of smallpox virus, the USA and Russia retained stocks of the virus frozen in liquid nitrogen.
For Australia, we need to acknowledge we have a problem in the way we are treating asylum-seekers.
Yet given that less than 5% of the world's population is totally free of disease one might legitimately argue that disease and not health is the norm.
Despite all this some are now saying that the epidemic has peaked in Brazil and Latin America but in reality it may take years for it to fully disappear and its effects will linger much longer.
In psychology we recognise at least five basic threats with the fear of extinction being the most prominent one.
We still arrogantly cling to the belief that we are the dominant species on earth and have the ability to easily adapt to such threats.
The provider receives additional subsidies when a resident is reclassified as requiring a higher level of care, staff levels rarely change.