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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:55 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by brisavoine View Post
Such lists are... They depend too much on which criteria you use, and how you weigh them.

Here is another list showing best quality of life in 2010, with results completely different from the list posted at the beginning of this thread:
These ratings are so tiresome and predictable. The U.S. is always beaten over the head for not having government-rationed health care like all the "civilized" countries do.

I simply don't understand the fixation on so-called "free" health care as a major criteria for standard of living. As a counterpoint to the U.S. health care system's presumed access problems, citizens in the countries that have "free" health care pay taxes out the nose for it and frequently face lengthy waits in facilities that many Americans would consider substandard. And when their country's system fails them, where is the first place they go for relief? The vast majority of Americans have health care insurance, those who don't still can not be denied emergency service and are eligible for many levels of govt and charitable assistance. Or, they pay out of pocket. The horror!

Anyway, the amount of time the average person 's life is consumed with health issues is relatively trivial compared to the disproportionate emphasis these rankings place on it. There simply is not enough difference (unless you insist on being a lazy irresponsible bum) between health care standards in developed countries to use it as any reasonable criteria for which country is "best".
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Old July 4th, 2010, 03:16 AM   #22
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basically, the difference is that in Europe (and Oz, and Canada and...) you don't have to worry at all about getting ill, because those days you can't go to work will be all paid, and most important, no matter the cost of the treatment it will be done immediately if you need it as health is a non for profit sector. This gives a lot of personal peace. I wouldn't be continuously stressed by that, but I would always be fearing about falling really ill some day if I were in the US. Maybe it's just that I'm used to it.
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