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dweimaraner Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 1:56 PM
New Zealand is a nice place.
TX Gal Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 2:14 PM
Uh, doesn't New Zealand have socialized health care, or at least partially? I think it's a mixture of government and private:

"The burden for the core of the healthcare system rests with government expenditure (approx. 77%). Private payment by individuals also plays an important role in the overall system although the cost of these payments are comparatively minor."

So it's good for other countries, but not the U.S.
Summers Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 2:01 PM
It really is. The health care there is great, too. NZ does not accept people without a set amount of cash on hand as it has no intention of supporting them. Novel idea.
IloveTHmoderators Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 1:59 PM
New Zealand costs the same as living here. I already checked.

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