Friday, November 6, 2009

Will Miss #70 - socialized medicine (on the whole)

Japan has socialized medicine so no one has to worry about medical coverage. If you're working as a salaried employee, the deal is great because your company will pay 50% of the fees (which are about 10-15% of your annual income up to a cap of about $5500). This means there are no hassles for people with pre-existing conditions and people can get regular health maintenance checks. In fact, I'm certain that the socialized medical program in Japan is at least part of the reason people live so long.

I will miss having worry-free medical insurance.

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