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Old 04-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #41
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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.

I could be wrong. That country might be a financial train wreck too.

But if this Utopia is indeed fact then I'm not sure what would inspire me to strive to get ahead...
The bar is set pretty low in Canada where there are third generation welfare recipients. Yes you can live but not flourish.

OTOH there is the 67 year old woman seeking employment in the US only because she fears she has breast cancer but wants a job befoe it is confirmed.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:50 AM   #42
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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...
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