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How most Scandinavians feel about the American healthcare system. :XD:

In Scandinavia we pay for healthcare though our taxes, which means we all pay for each other, and nobody thinks twice about going to the doctor because we’ve already paid for it. We also have private care for those rich people who don't want to wait in line.

But before you declare the American system “OMG!!! EVUL!!!”, remember that we Scandinavians also pay the highest taxes in the world.

We up her like it the way it is, but you Americans will have to decide for yourself.


27th August 2009

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2 months ago #9428041        
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I'd like to say that you're actually misrepresenting the American healthcare system. We don't have a lot of the preventative medicine that European countries have. You get regular checkups if you have healthcare and want it. Hospitals are the major stumbling block. Basically, there's a law saying that hospitals can't turn away patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Because of this, any losses get charged to patients who can. This is far more screwed up than a simple payment for treatment methodology. It's great on a humanitarian level, but it leaves the people with insurance out to dry. If I trusted a government with running good cradle to grave healthcare, I would actually prefer it to our current system, but America is a great example of what happens when the government gets its his hands in too deep on spending. The American government is unable to spend responsibly and is overly sidetracked by special interests.



1 month ago #9440070        
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Yeah it's pretty messed up to be honest, the US really needs a single-payer system to take care of it's people. But eh, greedy people always end up in power.



2 months ago #9435057        
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I KNEW IT!



Mal19

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3 months ago #9424257        
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Why can't Malaysia have this system too? I mean, paying for everyone. Like, every standard of human in the country gets the same medical attention without paying for it. Man, Scandinavians really cared about each other, hm?

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Zendi

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5 months ago #9407881        
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Russia, you've to do something.. His big nose is getting in the way!



5 months ago #9401120        
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I live in the US, and while the American system might not be "OMG!!! EVUL!!!" per se, it's by absolutely no means a good system. The US pays significantly more for health care than any other country in the world, it's not even close (it's about 50% more than even the second-place country). I do not mean out of pocket, I'm talking about total cost, whoever pays for it. In fact, the US has more per capita PUBLIC expenditure than even rich countries like Sweden and Finland (and about the same as Belgium) pay for health care in total, private and public. There are only a few countries where even the amounts the public puts up are higher than the US. So health care is obviously not the reason for the lower taxes of the US vs Scandinavia (other public spending makes far more difference). But despite spending astronomical sums on health care, the US lags behind much the rest of the industrialized world in virtually every quantifiable measure of health. In fact, even "developing countries" like Cuba are doing just as well on many of them (on life expectancy, US and Cuba are tied, for example). Go us?

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FTKnight

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6 months ago #9398399        
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What can we say, americans seem to prefer to do things the easy away when they can get away with it. as apposed to the right way.



6 months ago #9393597        
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Hmm... this is my last made comment as well... but this is how Canada sees them too... I am sensing a trend here.



7 months ago #9390251        
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*insert muti-paragraph rant about my person beliefs about the new US healthcare system*
#thanksobama



7 months ago #9387420        
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I would gladly pay higher taxes if it meant I didn't have a $300 medical bill for nothing aside from getting vitals -_-



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