Innalillahi wainna ilayhi raji’uun. Hanya inilah yang mampu menggambarkan kesedihan hati tatkala membaca berita di bawah. Di dalam email group pelajar post-grad sedang hangat berbincang isu ini sekarang. Usaha-usaha sedang dibuat oleh VMPGA [Victoria Malaysian Postgraduates Association] dengan kerjasama Konsulat dan MSD untuk mengatasi masalah yang berlaku. Sejak beberapa bulan kebelakangan ini, memang agak kecoh di kalangan kami kerana polisi terbaru tidak menguntungkan pelajar. Walhal kami perlu melalui proses penyaringan kesihatan yang ketat sebelum mendapat visa ke Australia. Kami juga harus membayar insuran kesihatan yang agak mahal.
Sebelum ini, sudah ramai warga Malaysia yang dapat bersalin dengan selamat di sini. Kami dilayan dengan baik dan tanpa diskriminasi. Alhamdulillah, saya sendiri melahirkan pada 1 Mac 2011 tanpa sebarang masalah.
Gara-gara polisi yang berubah, maka adakah nilai kemanusiaan mereka turut berhijrah? Adakah etika baik mereka selama ini boleh dinilai dengan wang sahaja?
Semoga Allah permudahkan urusan kami di perantauan ini.
Setiap yang berlaku ada hikmahnya.
Saya berharap sempat melihat ke timur, yang mana muslim hidup dengan Islamnya.
Dan bila melihat ke barat, Islam muncul bersama muslimnya. Allahuakbar!
Kata-kata asal Syed Qutb,
“Aku pergi ke barat… aku lihat Islam tanpa muslim..
Aku pergi ke timur… aku lihat muslim tanpa Islam..”
Ummu Abbas- Dua hari lepas, diajak untuk meraikan keislaman saudara baru di Masjid Preston namun bertembung dengan program lain.
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Overseas Sector Cries Foul Over Hospital Admission Policies
BY: JOHN ROSS From: The Australian November 30, 2011 12:00AM
THE wife of an international PhD student gave birth in her car after at least five Melbourne public hospitals refused to admit her for obstetrics services.The incident on Friday night resulted from what overseas students say are discriminatory policies that systematically deny them health services available to Australian citizens.Rosmizi Rahman, 31, said he delivered his son Aasif in the carpark of the emergency department at Sandringham Hospital after a 22km dash across southeast Melbourne. The Monash University student said he ran red lights with his wife Sharifah Rahim in labour, bypassing three public hospitals that had previously denied services to the couple. He made it to Sandringham, which had agreed to admit Ms Rahim as a discounted private patient, but she gave birth before staff arrived. She and her son are recovering at home.The incident follows revelations that Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has banned obstetrics and gynaecology care for international students, including those with medical insurance.
Mr Rahman said he and his wife had initially gone to Dandenong, 5km from his Noble Park home, but were denied care because they did not have Medicare cards. “I said we have (compulsory health) cover, but the staff said we don’t take this one.”
Mr Rahman said when he followed up with a phone call to Southern Health, which runs Dandenong and Monash hospitals, he was told Ms Rahim would be accepted as a private patient for more than $7000.
He said it was hard to understand why they’d been given different reasons for being turned down as public patients.
“When we go personally, they say, ‘We are full’. Maybe because we are Asian, they just say ‘full’.”
Frankston said it could not accept patients from outside its catchment area. Others said they could only take people with Medicare cards.
Shamsul Nizam and his wife Azleena Mohamed, both PhD students at Monash, are expecting their fourth child in April. Mr Nizam said he understood the new admission policy was related to a July change that imposed a waiting period for maternity services for new overseas students.
He said the couple had been in Australia for two years and taken out four-year medical insurance policies. “How can things change halfway (through) the policy and we were not informed?” he said.
Southern Health would not say whether it had a specific policy on international students. It said while its primary role was to serve “eligible public patients” it could also accept privately insured people, but services “may vary depending on overall demand”.
Zuzana Quinn, an advocate with Monash Postgraduate Association, said: “At no stage were they told that in the event that there was an emergency or their wives went into labour, they would not be refused service.”
Mr Rahman said that out of the many phone calls he had made, one staff member had advised him to “just go to any hospital” in an emergency. “But we don’t know what is the consequence of that. Dandenong had refused us before this so we thought it might cause problems.”
Mary Pozzobon, national business implementation manager with OSHC Worldcare, said she had been asking the Victorian Health Department for months to clarify admission policies for international students. “There’s no clear information on whether overseas students will be accepted and how much services will cost them,” she said.