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So supermarkets and pharmacies can stay open 24/7 in NSW ... Is that gonna mean we in the Far far North are never gonna see loo paper or hand sanitiser again ?

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Not seeing the point.  In my recent visits the shops are barely worth entering by dinnertime.

Chemist - well, I tried to get another repeat of my regular medicines but not allowed unless signed off by a doctor before about 8/4.

The logic there being that I'd rather stock up a bit than go in a month later when the joint's full of sick people.

 

In other WTF News, I've officially succumbed and joined FB.

 

*groan

 

The spooky bit though... me thinking they have/had seemingly no information at all about me - used my ISP email account which is fairly private and just gave my name but not phone number.

Suggested friends list had probably 10+ family/people I know and another 10+ loosely associated people.

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2 minutes ago, Rybags said:

In other WTF News, I've officially succumbed and joined FB.

hahaha what pushed you over the edge ?

 

3 minutes ago, Rybags said:

Not seeing the point.  In my recent visits the shops are barely worth entering by dinnertime.

yup. The distributors etc. are going to pushed beyond capacity, it also seems counter productive re keeping more people at home, which is what most of the abc articles are pushing tonight.

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The trend now though does seem that the junk food is becoming short and perishable proper meat and veg fairing a bit better.

 

And price gouge again - 5 bucks at Coles for Cadbury ~ 190 gram bars that normally go for little more than 3 bucks.

 

FB - if the isolation thing becomes real and prolonged then I've got that connection method.

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Video upload complete.
It starts with me going over the Dartford Crossing just to show how deserted the place is basically. DC is pretty busy most of the time.

Oh.. When the vid ends you can see the Porta Dunny in front of me. Unfortunately when I parked up for my break it was too acute an angle to see me falling out of it !!

 

 

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23 hours ago, @~thehung said:

81,591 China = +1%

69,176 Italy = +8%
52,145 US = +25%
39,676 Spain = +20%

 

in the last 24 hours:

 

81,661 China = +%1
74,386 Italy = +8%
62,873 US = +21%
47,611 Spain = +20%

 

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10 hours ago, Rybags said:

The trend now though does seem that the junk food is becoming short and perishable proper meat and veg fairing a bit better.

 

And price gouge again - 5 bucks at Coles for Cadbury ~ 190 gram bars that normally go for little more than 3 bucks.

 

FB - if the isolation thing becomes real and prolonged then I've got that connection method.

Don't know where you're shopping but there is a massive stock shortage on meat because the supply chain hasn't been able to catch up... we are struggling to get half of what we've ordered.

 

And on top of that, due to the mass shortage - wholesale prices have jumped something like 15 - 20% depending on supplier.  Our daily sales alone have jumped by close to 600% - but I haven't had a chance to properly crunch numbers yet.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, @~thehung said:

 

in the last 24 hours:

 

81,661 China = +%1
74,386 Italy = +8%
62,873 US = +21%
47,611 Spain = +20%

 

 

US acted far too slow and refused to test until it was far too late because of Trump's frigging ego.

 

...

 

Now everyone wants to frigging work from home here ... FFS

Edited by Jeruselem

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and in further news :

 

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has said the police have been given the power to determine who can disembark a cruise ship in the state.

 

this would be the same police who can strip search children for drugs at their discretion ?

 

awesome choice of arbiters of health issues !

 

(shakes head disconsolately)

 

and

 

Paramedics are being overwhelmed by calls about bats and non-existent at-home coronavirus testing, and jeopardising response times for critical patients, as the frontline responders prepare for rising numbers of serious COVID-19 cases.

 

One man called triple zero because: "A bat flew into my window".

"My whole family is scared and worried about the new disease that is out there now and they don't know what we can do about it," the man said.

"... now we can't leave the front house ... my family is just worried about the virus because they don't want to catch it or anything," he said.

 

A couple from Hurstville called after they walked past an Asian couple with suitcases and were worried they had been exposed to the virus, and a man called to ask if he should go to work because he thought Sydney was in lockdown.

 

 

ffs, just kill them and save the delay

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NSW police have a bad reputation and guess what ... nothing has changed much by the looks of it.

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I wonder why we are short of medical supplies ...

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/chinese-company-shipped-out-millions-of-australias-masks-hand-sanitiser-glove-supplies/news-story/d5324e3676d38af509d5ac25c56e7cec

 

A Chinese government-backed property giant has secretly raided in bulk Australia’s supplies of masks, hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes and essential medical supplies and shipped them back to China.

The Greenland Group, which manages high-end real estate projects in Sydney and Melbourne, proactively drained Australian supplies of anti-coronavirus equipment, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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I guess that's why the Prime Minister called them out on National TV.

 

Send Customs and Border Force after the scoundrels.

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4 hours ago, Jeruselem said:

US acted far too slow and refused to test until it was far too late because of Trump's frigging ego.

 

yes, he's gonna kill thousands.  america still has no idea whats about to hit it.

 

just look at the gradient over the last 7 days or so!

its the steepest and longest streak for any country — with few, if not just one, exception: Iran, who've since made significant progress following severe early growth. 

 

tmuDdtP.jpg

 

and thats with super low rates of testing compared to most (ie. 3x less than Iran as at 20th March).  

also, this state of affairs is not improving quickly either: 24/3/20 The New Yorker: Why Widespread Coronavirus Testing Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

 

Edited by @~thehung

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...Damned hard lesson for America to learn, that they are at the mercy of a moron...

 

Cheers

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Looks like the ancient Telstra network is being pushed to the limits.

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2 minutes ago, Jeruselem said:

Looks like the ancient Telstra network is being pushed to the limits.

 

Hardly surprising, the damned thing should have corroded out decades ago.

 

Cheers

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we can bulk-bill (indeed, must bulk bill) all telehealth items, which are to help mininmise face to face risks where practical

 

and how do we access that money ?

 

check this :

 

Avant - COVID-19 information and FAQs (avant is one of the major medical indemnity insurers, and informs doctors re what medicare expects of them)
Q: Do I still need to get a patient to 'sign' the Medicare Benefits form if I'm bulk-billing the telehealth consultation? How do I do this via a telehealth consultation?Updated: 25 March 2020


A: The advice from the Department of Health is that patients are still required to consent to their telehealth service being bulk-billed, as per normal practice for bulk-billed services.

This means the patient's signature is still needed on the General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) form (DB4). You can get this form through Medicare Bulk Bill Webclaims using HPOS.

The Department of Health advises there are three ways you can get the patient's signature:

1. You can send the completed General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) form (DB4) to the patient to sign and return to you.
2. You can get an email agreement from the patient.
3. The practitioner supporting the patient during the telehealth consultation can ask the patient to sign the General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) form (DB4) and return it to you. An example of this is where a patient is using the local GP's surgery for the telehealth consultation - when the patient signs the (assignment of benefit) form, the GP sends it to the provider performing the telehealth service.

Given the circumstances with COVID-19 we anticipate a lot of doctors will rely on email agreements.

The Department of Health provides the following guidance for a patient to assign their right to a Medicare benefit to you by email.

For privacy reasons, the Department of Health advises that you should not include the patient's Medicare card number or the doctor's provider number in your email to the patient.

Step 1
At the telehealth consultation, tell the patient you wish to bulk bill Medicare for the service. To do this the patient will need to:

* agree to the service being bulk billed
* check the details in the email sent to their nominated email address
* reply to your email, which will be considered a signature agreeing to assign the benefit.

Step 2
Before submitting the claim, you need to send an email to the patient that includes all of the below:

* the details of the service
* item numbers or a description of the services
* benefit amount for both the base and derived fee items
* date and time of the services
* patient's name (don't include the Medicare card number)
* practitioner's name (don't include the provider number).

Include in your email this statement:

'If you (the patient) agree to the assignment of the Medicare benefit directly to the provider (bulk- bill), reply to this email including the following words:

Yes, I agree to the assignment of the Medicare benefit directly to the provider, and your (the patient's) name'

and this privacy note:

'Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988, and is collected by the Australian Government Department of Human Services for the assessment and administration of payments and services. This information is required to process your application or claim. Your information may be used by the department or given to other parties where you have agreed to that, or where it is required or authorised by law (including for the purpose of research or conducting investigations). You can get more information about the way in which the department will manage your personal information, including its privacy policy.

Step 3
When you get a reply email from the patient with the required information:

* complete a General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) Voucher form (DB4)
* for manually submitted claims write in the signature block 'unable to sign, written email agreement provided'
* for electronic claims, you don't need to note the email signature but you must keep the patient's email consent on file
* submit the claim to us in accordance with the Health Insurance Act 1973, 1975 Health Insurance Regulations and MBS
* send a completed copy of the General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) Voucher form (DB4) to the patient
* keep the email with the patient's consent and email signature, in hard copy or electronic form for audit purposes for at least two years.

By noting 'email agreement' on the manual General, Specialist and Diagnostic (assignment of benefit) form (DB4), you acknowledge you've followed steps 1-3 above. This process complies with section 10 of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999, which outlines the steps to be taken for an electronic signature to be recognised. It also meets the legal requirement of needing a patient signature to assign a Medicare benefit.

 

want my job ? 

 

i am already agitating at a federal level to have them adjust their reality to facilitate us not coming at them with pitchforks

 

do they have any fucking idea ?

 

hint : the responsible minister for medicare is also in charge of MyGov

 

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nothing will get done as it absolutely100% should be done during this time ... anywhere ... but I heard that Wuhan is now starting up again any way. ... hope it's not just an ugly rumour

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5 minutes ago, eveln said:

nothing will get done as it absolutely100% should be done during this time ... anywhere ... but I heard that Wuhan is now starting up again any way. ... hope it's not just an ugly rumour

 

I guess the Chinese think the lockdown has worked (according to their rigged dodgy numbers) or driving your economy into a brick wall isn't what they wanted.

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