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QLD GOVT TO RAFFLE HOSPITAL PLACES

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on April 19, 2009
Qld Premier Anna Bligh

Qld Premier Anna Bligh

Queensland Premier, Ms Anna Bligh,  announced today that the Health Department would run a special raffle of hospital surgery places.

With Queensland’s large  and ever increasing public hospital waiting list, and people continuing to die while waiting for surgery, prizes in the raffle will be 100 places in a Qld public hospital for immediate surgery.

Ms Bligh said “Australians love a bet, so it was the obvious way to go. You’ve got to be in it to win it!”

Tickets in the raffle will be $11 each, and there will be 250,000 tickets available. Ms Bligh encouraged family and friends of those needing surgery to buy as many tickets as they could afford. “A hospital place is transferable, so a winner could give it to a family member needing surgery,” said Ms Bligh.

Opposition Health spokesman, Mr Mark McArdle, rejected the raffle proposal, saying “health care should always be about whether you can afford it or not. I wouldn’t want to be in the same ward as some desperate poor person just because they were lucky.”

Other State and Territory Health Ministers are now believed to be considering holding their own raffles.

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