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How Germany's Universal Health-Care System Works

Discussion in 'Health' started by Walter, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Some basics:
    • Near 100% converage of the German population as you are obligated to have an insurance
    • Mix of public and private insurance schemes
    • Health care spendings are nearly half as much as in the USA
    How does this work? Why does Germany spend so much less?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Does Germany have a powerful AMA that controls the industry ?
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    I dont know anything about the medical association in the US but in Germany everything is regulated pretty closely.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    This isnt about regulation, its about controlling supply, owning Congress, and overseeing hiw the medical business operates. (People mistakenly confuse insurance companies of this.) Its as total a control as you get outside organized crime.
     
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    It's the cost that should bother Americans. I wish we would adopt a program similar to what Singapore has.

    I can ask Walter this question but I already know the answer.

    Are foreigners living illegally in Germany getting the benefits of German health care?

    I have never done a formal study I know that in the UK even a legal resident with a visa does not get free British health care. If I was to retire in England I would not have access to their universal health care as an American citizen. In Sweden I would.

    Democrats here want anybody who walks across our border to get the same benefits that citizens get. That is crazy!
     
  6. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Here a long video comparing the US and German health care system from personal experience including costs:

     
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