Doctors don’t know everything – sometimes we need help

Ages ago, following an election, I had a call from a staffer in the new Minister for Health’s office. He was breathless with excitement.

Cogs in a brain

“I’m new to this job,” he said.

“If I came and met you,” he continued, “could you fill me in about Medicare and everything about how the health system works?”

I replied that I would be pleased to meet but that I laid no claim to knowing everything about how the health system worked.

He had not heard of Heath Robinson, the English cartoonist who drew complex

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