Originally Posted by Nords
I dunno... I hear that it's possible to exist (maybe even live) "on the dole" in Australia, and IIRC their government provides healthcare for all without running a deficit.
True, the Aussies do have government sponsored healthcare (that all workers must contribute to), but the services rendered under this program are "less than ideal" (as stated by our tour guide last June).
She had a "situation" that she needed to have attened to during our trip, and she went to a "privately paid" hospital (e.g. she had a separate health insurance policy beyond the government requirement) to get a needed service, quickly.
As she said, she would not want to spend any time in a hospital that was rated within the "government plan".
Even when the goverment takes responsibility, not all care is equal, it seems...