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View Diary: On Raising My Children To Be Free -- Free To Leave The U.S.A. (275 comments)

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  •  It depends on where you live (7+ / 0-)

    We're waaaay out in the country, where rents are no worse than the USA and fruits and veggies are cheap (for Japan).  Gasoline is $6.50 a gallon, but you can get smaller cars (660cc engines) that get 60 mpg (and used cars are cheap here, too).  The biggie, though, is the fact that Japan has national health insurance.  My wife had a procedure done in the USA and had the same procedure done in Japan.  In Japan, it cost us $120.  In the USA, it cost $6000 and got her kicked off her (admittedly crappy) healthcare policy.  So even though cost of living is higher, and taxes are higher, and food and fuel and utilities are more expensive, it actually evens out pretty well.  Oh, and my company here gives me sick days and paid vacation time... all of this explains why we came for two years and stayed for six.  

    Odds and ends about life in Japan:

    by Hatrax on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 04:21:55 AM PST

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    •  ...and thus the rise of dystopian phrase: (6+ / 0-)

      Medical Tourism

      This is a polyanna capitalist way of saying our health system is so fucked up that people are no willing to travel 1/2 way around the world to have common medical surgeries. Thailand, Costa Rica, etc.

      One can have a heart bypass in Thailand, preceded or followed by 2 weeks relaxing in country for far less than the procedure costs in the U.S. -- potentially EVEN with "insurance."

      THAT is the measure of how twisted and vulgar our h(w)ealth system has become.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 06:00:06 AM PST

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