Yep, sweden covers everyone...illegal immigrants, exchange students.Like I said, they see health as a right.
Yes, Sweden is smaller, but that doesnt mean it wouldnt work. The problem is that Americans dont want to pay for it. It is a mentally issue. If I had a baby, I would get 18 months off of work at 80% pay with my job guarunteed when I returned. Hans gets over 6 weeks paid vacation. He got sick leave when I was rediagnosed so he could spend time with me. All these are paid through higher taxes. In Sweden, there is a deep belief in a good quality of life for everyone, not just those in white collar jobs. Taxes are roughly 50%, but you are truly taken care of cradle to grave. Free education including college. When you are older, the gov. supplies an equivalent to Meals on Wheels, a nurse that stops by to check and administer medicine, and someone to help do laundry and clean the house...all in an attempt to keep people in their homes and independent. When Hans dad became sick, the government installed ramps, took out the bathtub and installed a special shower, widened doors for wheelchair, installed a garage door opener, supplied an oxygen tank system which ran in the basement and tubes were connected throughout the house. They adapted the toilet and supplied a hospital bed and even supplied feet that his mother could attach to her bed so it would be the same height as the hospital bed so they could still sleep next to each other. When you need more care, you are placed in a nursing home that corresponds to the level of care needed.
Homelessness really doesnt exist except for people with drug issues. If you commit a crime while on drugs, you have the option of going into a year long drug treatment residental program to get off drugs instead of going to jail.
Everything is paid for by taxes. Americans would never go for this because we have the American dream in which we are told if you work hard you will be successful and the concept of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. We are more individualistic, not community centered. But how much do you think Americans pay out of their paycheck when you add taxes,insurance, deductibles, childcare, and education. The quality of life her is amazing. Though I do complain since it has made everything samey-samey. There is not much individuality here. The need to treat everyone the same and give the same quality of life means nobody whats to stand out too much so everyone has the same house, the same car, the same look.
And please let me defend Sweden as being insular. It has a very big global outlook. People are incredibly aware of what is going on in the outside world. In fact, Sweden is known for its diplimats in international circles...probably since any form of extreme emotion is very frowned upon here. And one town on the outskirts of Stockholm has actually taken in more refugees than the entire US has....each given the same medical attention and education as Swedish residents.
It isnt perfect, by any means and I cant wait to move back to the US, but I cant because of healthcare. I dont qualify for any programs unless I divorce Hans...no thanks.
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