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Jeremy Crooks

Jeremy grew up in Sydney Australia. He has tertiary qualifications in business, training, and Bible. With experience in both church ministry and corporate human resources, Jeremy has a strong interest in how faith is demonstrated in our homes and workplaces. You can contact Jeremy at


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    @Jeremy – in my view the problem boils down to this, in our country everyone wants access to world-class health care, but few like the idea of paying for it.

    Medicare is one of the truly great things about our society – call it ‘pseudo-socialism’ or whatever you like, but Medicare is just about the best thing we have. When my kids were born we enjoyed thousands of dollars worth of high-class care in a public hospital. I know if I had some serious disease I could get world-class treatment in a public hospital without having to pay for the service. Its unbelievable how good we get it!

    But, if we want to continue to enjoy our high standard of healthcare, then we’re just going to have to pay a little bit more in tax. I’ve got no problem with that – that’s not socialism, that’s just the key to a decent society.

    Or we can go down the path of the US and have more of a user-pay system and what we’ll get is an increasingly class-based health care system – where the wealthy get health care and the poor suffer and die or else go bankrupt with medical bills. It a no-brainer really.

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    PJ – I agree 100%.

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    Good post.

    Perhaps the people in the church the couple was attending should have been more sympathetic, and gladly helped them out, rather than debating the issue.

    As for the rest of your post, it is a very complex issue. Yes, we have an aging population that will need more healthcare, especially the baby boomers who will live into their nineties, yet advances in medical science and technology will absorb some of that burden, and healthcare is increasingly community based rather than hospital and institution based.

    As for us Christians, I agree that delaying the inevitable seems pointless, but I can say that quite happily since I am young and healthy. When I am old and frail, staring death sqaurely in the eye, I will tell you how I feel.

    Also, as a healthcare professional, I think of it this way. If I can help delay death in someone for a few months, perhaps that person will get an opportunity to hear the gospel (or witness to others) for one last time.

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    Thanks for your contribution Steve

    I dot want to give the church a bad rap. The debate centered around providing for ones own needs when one has means.

    Like you, I wonder if I will feel differently when I am old. I just hope that I can face aging with a sharp focus that dying is gain.


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