JOHN Burgess has long championed the rights for Aussies to be given a fair go on big social issues such as aged care, welfare and health. He’s challenged Prime Ministers and rallied ordinary Australians, and now Burgo is Ambassador for a health care company bringing back a vital after-hours service – House Call Doctor.
“I’ve been to Canberra, I’ve challenged Julia Gillard when she was Prime Minister to give pensioners a fair go and I’ve been on national current affairs programs fighting for pensioner rights because I want to give back to the audience that has given me so much over my years in television,” he said.
“I know the cost of living and access to good health care is what matters to all of us and that is why I am proud to champion House Call Doctor because it’s delivering doctors to people when they need them most and it is 100 percent bulk billed.”
House Call Doctor operates at night and across the weekend and public holidays sending doctors to treat patients in their own homes.
The service is 100 percent bulk-billed for people with Medicare or DVA cards.
“It’s an old fashioned service that’s helping us when we’re sick and it’s taking pressure off the emergency department by keeping non-life threatening cases out of the hospital.”
House Call Doctor call logs show patients are seen on average within three hours with a doctor even able to provide enough medication to help them through the night or until their local chemist re-opens.
Burgo has seen a lot of changes in his 50 years of television and radio and now he’s seeing the traditional house call and the way people call for a doctor change too.
A new phone App means a House Call Doctor is only ever a few taps away, or for people who prefer to talk to a real person they can phone the call centre on 13 55 66 or book online.
“In the old days you used to go out for pizza and the doctor came to your house well now we go out to the doctor and the pizza gets delivered. Thanks to House Call Doctor that has all changed and I’m proud to be part of bringing back some good old fashioned service.”