Byron GP a victim of bureaucratic lunacy

BYRON BAY GP Mike Belich’s story is one of bureaucracy gone mad.

It is based on old-fashioned rules that do not have the capacity to logically analyse a changing situation and make changes accordingly.

The decision by Medicare to classify Dr Belich as an overseas student also shows it does not have the capacity to be relevant in today’s society.

What madness such a decision imposes on a region screaming out for doctors.

How can a New Zealander who has lived here since he was 14 years old, was classified as a resident and given a HECS bill for his medical studies, suddenly now be classified as an overseas student?

What Medicare bureaucrat decided that Dr Belich should be forced to pack up his practice and move to a country post for the next 10 years?

The Northern Rivers is desperate for doctors and this act of lunacy by Medicare is the last thing we need.

This type of attention for our regional health system certainly won’t help more doctors come to the area, especially from New Zealand.

Let’s hope some common sense prevails in the halls of Medicare’s head office and that some astute bureaucrat realises the error of their ways and recants.

Or perhaps some sensible politician will pick up the gauntlet and set this flawed ruling to rights.

It appears highly remiss that Dr Belich has been left to fight his own legal battle over something that, by rights, should never have made it to a courtroom.


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