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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.

26th August 2009

19 days ago #9189840        

@Robertjhsmith: None of the characters are meant to be accurate representations of the inhabitants of their countries. They're essentially based on stereotypes -- those the ones in the given country have about themselves, as well as the ones that all other countries have about them. With a bit of extra derp for comedy's sake.

The male America represents the stereotypical Republican. Female America represents the stereotypical democrat.

20 days ago #9188908        

It's the same in Canada for our healthcare system, and our taxes aren't that unreasonable. :/

1 month ago #9179089        


"Russia actually has never been communist nor has it claimed to be. It's socialist."

Actually, bolsheviks were communists, while mensheviks were socialists. And the only even remotely democratic movement has been social democrats - not socialists and certainly not communists.

In fact, for every true bolshevik (communist) the first goal was to physically eliminate every menshevik (socialist) in the vicinity - to eliminate competition.

Also, top communist party members of the USSR had their own hospital system, separate from the rest of the soviet people.

As to the healthcare, I am not so sure that Russia would be the best example.
Window on Eurasia: Health Care System in Pskov Oblast Continues to Deteriorate

"Indeed, as a result of his tenure, the difference in life expectancies between Pskov oblast and the Tartu county of Estonia was the largest of any two contiguous territories in the world. Shlosberg’s report shows that the situation has not improved – and may even be set to deteriorate further."

Some reports have shown Estonia's healthcare system as the best bang for the buck, but the truth is that Estonia's healthcare has its own serious problems.

1 month ago #9177949        

Medical service is slow, expensive and not very trust worthy in Europe. That's one of the important reason why I don't want to move there.

2 months ago #9167116        

The america in this specific comic represents republicans not all Americans and even then it doesn't represent all republicans. I'm not mad or offended(in fact I find this webcomic hilarious), I just had to say something.

2 months ago #9166838        

@Meanwhile Yes both of my parents are Welsh, they met in high school and lived about 5 mins away from each other.
I loved Wales, I actually prefer it in Wales than here. If there's one thing that's bugged me after coming back to Australia it's that there's no green here! In Wales everything is lovely and lush and free, but here? all the grass is dry and dead, it's so sad. And sadly I didn't learn Welsh, but I'm hoping to move back there n a few years or live in England (maybe) so if I do go back I'm definitely going to learn Welsh.
And god the trains are slow, there are times I'm pretty sure I can walk faster than the train goes.
And as for being told to leave, not so much. It seems to be something said to only PoC or non brits who come to Australia and it's horrible. I picked up a bit of an accent and the worst thing that's happened because of it is people constantly calling me Irish and people just wanting me to talk because they like the accent. But at this point I have not been told to go 'home'.

2 months ago #9166679        

Are both your parents from Wales ?
How did you like Wales and did you learn it's language ?
Hmm I would have though that the train would be faster.
I have a question for you (What a surprise :P) When you came back home to Australia how did your countrymen treat you ?
I've an Australian friend in class and she says that she was told to go 'home' when she went back to Australia. Did you experience anything like this ?

2 months ago #9165351        

@Meanwhile Yes my family is from Wales for as far back as the records go, I was actually born in Australia and spent most of my childhood here and my parents are still here, but I've spent a few years in Wales and I just came back to Australia recently.
The train and bus prices are very similar, but I do usually get the train. The only problem with them is that they're really slow and there aren't enough tracks so you usually just have to get the bus as well.

2 months ago #9165343        

That's actually pretty good, I'm not sure from U.S state to state but I know that in the city of Philadelphia SEPTA runs the transport system and they are private.
Is that by train or in general ?
So are you originally from Wales then ?

2 months ago #9165338        

@Meanwhile There are some small private transport companies but the main ones are publicly owned and the government subsidises a lot of the train fares so trains are affordable and accessible to pretty much anyone. It's pretty good, there's room for improvement obviously but I can get from my parents place (About 30-40 min from the centre of the city) to the harbour (I live in Sydney at the moment) for less than $5, which is pretty good considering the cost of living here. The same applies to busses and the trams (which are only found in Melbourne, generally)

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