I hate the hassle and bureaucracy in health care. But at the same time I think people in my country (including me) are darn entitled to be able to complain about bureaucracy as we live in the land of free health care and paid maternity leave. Talking with people in the US has been an eye-opener in that sense.
Giving birth cost something like 400 euros for me. A set of daily medications for three months costs 4,50 euros, the rest is paid by the state. Having an eye surgery costs something like 70-100 euros for the patient. A pregnant woman is given
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by the State (or around 170 euros of maternity grant instead, but usually it's worth taking the package because it's worth is something like 300 euros). The state also pays 3 months of maternity allowance and 6 months of parental allowance after that so you can take care of the baby instead of going to work, and if you wish, you can have up to 3 years of allowance for taking care of your child at home. If you wish to get back to work instead, we have free of charge daycare system (and low cost daycare system if you are financially well). Also the child is getting checked at the maternity guidance center like every 1-3 months depending on their age and it is free of charge.
And still people keep demanding more free stuff in health care. IMO using health care should be more expensive to people who earn more. Some say it's basically already done by progressive taxation but I don't agree to that. If additional expenses were tied to the actual usage of health care institutions per person it would be more justified.
On the other hand that could lead to accumulation of health care issues and more costs due to that. I would love to see a study comparing these systems and their costs.
This train of thought was sponsored by my hyperactivity/ADD issues and the fact that no one knows at the student's health care institution who is legally allowed to tell me how much iron should I take per day.