From a frontline clinician: here’s what’s wrong with private health insurance

When my long-term cancer patient landed in a different public hospital with unexpected bleeding complications, it soon became apparent that he was at the end of life. There were no beds in that hospital and the patient was too unwell to transfer. He died in a cubicle many hours later. The physician called me to express his regret but I reassured him I would have been in the same situation, for all that week, we had been “bed-blocked”, a term that has become part of the lexicon of medicine.