October 30, 2008
Victoria, Australia - A migrant doctor and his family are being forced to leave Australia, and the Victorian town that desperately needs him, because his son has Down syndrome.
Dr Bernhard Moeller answered a call from the Federal Government and the Horsham community two years ago, and moved from Germany to become the town's only permanent specialist physician.
But the Department of Immigration and Citizenship this week rejected an application from Dr Moeller and his family for permanent residency because his 13-year-old son, Lukas, has Down syndrome and does not fit the bureaucracy's health criteria.
On advice from a government doctor, the department wrote to Dr Moeller saying his son had been assessed as a burden on Australian taxpayers and could not be granted permanent residency.
A copy of the decision said care for Lukas was "likely to result in significant costs to the Australian community in health care and community services". more on this story at herald sun.com.au
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Prepare to see more stories like this hitting the press over the coming months as government run, universal health care coverage looms as a very real possibility now in the U.S.
If you like the idea, great - but know there are significant downsides to it. If you do not like the concept of universal health care, be forewarned, it's eventually going to happen in some form or other. With a super-majority of Dems in congress, and an electorate that increasingly wants a universal-run program, there will be nothing really to stop it.
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