[DML] Re: DCS'12
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[DML] Re: DCS'12

Hehe...Is that not why we fought you Brits(and now we celebrate it on July 4) and established these Unions we now call the United States..


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Welmoed" <welmoedj@...> wrote:
> Got my eye on this a bit late.
> National health care?... That's the Brits that have it.
> We pay for our health care two ways: once through taxes (approx 7.1%) on income and also privately (euro 103 per month in my case).
> Furthermore we have to pay for medication with a risk amount of 220 euro a year.
> Pension premium is 17.9%. Other premiums in the social security sector take 1.10% and 12.15% out of the income.
> This only is an average for the Dutch, I recall Belgians are better off (a bit like the British).
> Then there is the IRS: they take a big chunk out of the income left-overs (starting with a first scale of 33% of the first euro 18,628).
> That's of course not all as the IRS has many good surgeons who can strip you very well of the last pennies earned. 
> Maybe we're better off even with the higher gas prices (of which 70% is taxes), but this comparison is incorrect as there is more to deal with.
> E.g. cheaper food, higher wages (not always and not for all).
> That's way McDonalds comes in for the cost of living standards :)
> Anyway, the original answer was more like "don't complain too much, enjoy the driving".
> Welmoed.
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Bob Brandys <BobB@> wrote:
> >
> > Welmoed, 
> > 
> > Just remember what you get for those high gas prices.  Like national health care and better pensions.   When you calculate what you spend extra on gas,
> > 
> > compared to what you would have to spend in the US for equivalent health care coverage.  ABOUT $10,000 per year for zero deductable coverage PER PERSON!. (if you can even find it.)
> > 
> > When you look at it that way. your gas prices are a bargain.   (Expecially since the US spends 2-4 times as much for the same medical care or treatment.
> > 
> > Bob
> >


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