Discrimination of a Down syndrome boy

Australia
November 25, 2008 7:35pm CST
There is a case of a German doctor that came to Australia with his family because there is a shortage of doctors in rural places. Now the family wants to stay in Australia but they are told they cant because one of their kids has a Down Syndrome and his "medical condition was likely to result in significant and ongoing cost to the Australian community". What a joke. This is absolutly discusting and sad. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=671958 This doctor came all the way here to help that same community when they needed him and still do and the Immigration are saying thanks for your help so far but we dont like people with disability. what do you think? is it ok to refuse this family stay based on the disability of the child?
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• Canada
26 Nov 08
To answer your question, No! This is soooooooo unjust!!!!! [b][i]A commonwealth medical officer had assessed that Lukas's medical condition was likely to result in significant and ongoing cost to the Australian community. But Dr Moeller said his family has the financial means to care for Lukas."I have the means to look after him and I will look after him," he said[/i][/b] It is ridiculous to think the child will be a burden as an adult when the parents are willing and able to provide any needed care financially and other wise!This is discrimination in my approximation and it is wrong!!! Here Dad is a value to the community and yet the son is not welcome to be a citizen!?!?!? Where's the justice in this? Sorry, But this really gets me, as a Mom of a special child myself...How dare anyone dictate where I can live or my family!!!! ~Heavens~
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• Australia
26 Nov 08
Thanks for reading the whole thing and make informed comment.The main point is "Lukas's medical condition was LIKELY to result in significant and ongoing cost" well we could all likely get hurt and get an illnes or disability lets just get rid of everyone that is LIKELY to cost the community any money. I am discusted by this case and ashamed to call my self Australian. Let them get a doctor to go where this poor man is and take his position as a doctor they cant because no one cares to work in rural area (I dont blame them I would never live there my self). This person and his family have done a wonderful thing for Australia and this is the thanks he gets and this is how we show the world what we think of people with disability.
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• Canada
26 Nov 08
I did not realize that you were Australian.... But, it is things like this that make me proud to be Canadian! Anyone can live anywhere in any province they want...Whether the government gives them enough money or not is another story but you can live where you want! ~Heavens~
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Sadly I am :)))))) This is a one off case this is why it has gone as far as it has. It is not something that has been going on or is regular thing. but it is sad sad world where everyones life has a price tag.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I am not a resident of Australia. If the health care costs of this child will be a burden of the citizens then I can see why. Why should the residents of Australia be forced to pay for the medical costs of this child who is not a citizen? Tell them to move to the United States. People with kids don't have to work over here and they get free health care, housing, food stamps and welfare money. All they have to do is live and the government will pizz away all of the tax dollars of American citizens.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
That is not the issue. Do you know how hard it is to find doctors that would go in those rural places where this german doctor went. Do you know how much it would cost the Australian people to send one Australian doctor to work there. If "normal" doctor gets $100.000 a yer those doctors would get at least 3 times that. The doctors that come from other countries dont get that much so there are savings right there. And plus Down Syndrome is not an illness its a condition you dont need medication for Down syndrome I work with people with Down syndrome they medical cost is not higher than mine. And why would a doctor live that all behind and live in USA on food stamps and welfare????
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
26 Nov 08
My point was stated. If the Australian resident will have to pay for the cost of health care because of this person, then I can see why. That is what you get with a socialistic government. Soon America will be more of a socialistic country. It is what change is all about. They also granted the guy a permanent visa so he can stay there. I wasn't involved in making the decision to prohibit this because of his child's condition so I can't comment on the logic involved. I can think of logical reasons why. But I have to add again I am not Australian and not familiar with their laws only where it applies to me. AQUIS is very strict as far as importing items into the country. So naturally I would expect them to be strict with everything. The comment about the United States was humor that he doesn't have to work and they will give you everything, including health care.
• Australia
2 Dec 08
I'm not very clear about how health factor in the immigration system, but before I came to Australia I had to have a full body check up and nearly didn't pass because i have one eye with very poor eye sight- a lazy eye it's called. So it's odd that a person can't migrate because of such thing as a bad eyesight or poor health in general. In that case a mental disability can't even measure up.
• Australia
2 Dec 08
I dont know where you came from but this is a first. The tests that they do are mainly for transmitable illneses such as tuberculosis or serius medical conditions such as cancer or heart problems and even if you have those you are still allowed to come to Australia it only means that you will have to have regular medical check ups and higher visa insurance. I have lazy eye so I know what it is and that would never be a reason to turn you down. Maybe someone tried to scare you or wanted some $$$$$ of you. As a migrant my self most of the people I know are migrants and I know lots of people with serius medical conditions that come here all the time.