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Thursday, September 29, 2005

It Pays to be From Tuvalu

A child suffers a stroke and is rushed to Starship hospital for treatment. The parents receive a bill for $37,000 which they are unable to pay so the hospital authorities threaten the debt collector or the tender mercies of Immigration authorities. You see, the father of the child is a Bangladeshi studying in NZ on an student visa and working as a taxi driver to support his family..

Interesting to note he did have health insurance but obviously the budget variety which covered only ten percent of the child's hospitalisation costs. He has offered to pay off the bill at $50 per week.
He knew he would have to pay for his son's treatment but had no idea how much it would cost.

"I was very upset at the time so I didn't ask them (how much). It was a question of life and death."
Compare this with the payment schedules imposed by our courts on fines defaulters and other neer do wells. $5.00 per week, $10.00 per week for terms up to infinity. Better still, fines simply written off. Even better still again compare this to the treatment meted out to a Tuvaluan wife beater who was thicker than a plank.

I say, accept the man's offer and allowing a fixed term of say ten years and write the balance off now.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 9/29/2005 07:11:00 am


Blogger tincanman said...

Accepting his offer would require mercy, compassion and the ability to think. Qualities not very evident in our fearless leaders.

9/29/2005 09:25:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Not only that but this guy is almost certainly paying full NZ tax rates, yet has no free access to our public health system.

9/29/2005 10:46:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I've got the answer!!! Why was I so slow dear friends? The Banger cabby simply needs to go and see Tiler Field and ask for help. Simple, eh?

9/29/2005 12:35:00 pm  
Anonymous spam said...

Maybe he doesn't have a house to sell him.

9/29/2005 01:00:00 pm  
Blogger tincanman said...

Al, in all likelyhood my wife won't be covered for the baby birth as she does not have Permanent Residence (yet). We're hoping they'll loophole us because I have PR and we're married, but doesn't look that way. It makes me wonder why I'm paying taxes. There is something seriously wrong with the Health Service in this country.

9/29/2005 01:30:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Seriously wrong is an understatement: foreigners living here pay for it but can't use it; there are now waiting lists to be on the waiting lists so that Labour can claim the waiting lists have declined in size; people die on the waiting lists before getting treatment.

9/29/2005 01:35:00 pm  
Blogger t selwyn said...

What is a person on a student visa doing here with his wife and child and being able to work? Talk about back-door immigration. A student at a homeopathy course gets to bring his family over? What does the wife do? He doesn't have proper health insurance? This country's immigration system is a joke - and the world knows it.

An MP making a business out of harbouring overstayers and getting them legalised after their dodgy shenanigans. Pathetic.

9/30/2005 12:37:00 am  

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