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  1. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 1 year ago

    Since the U.S. is in the grip of the flu I thought it might jump to Europe and Germany next so I got a shot this morning. I called a doctor, showed my Universal Health Care ID card, got the shot and went home without paying a dime. And here is why “socialized medicine” of this kind works…

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    Imagine you make $15 an hour. That’s $600 a week. If you get the flu your employer has to continue to pay your wages. If he – via the (semi-nonprofit, well regulated German) HMO – provides you with the shot he will not lose that money. If the HMO buys enough shots they come down from $40 to $10 or so. People are healthy, happy and the economy is doing great (as witnessed by comparing growth in Germany to the rest of the Euro-zone).

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    It’s an INVESTMENT. It pays off for the employer. I worked in companies like Commerzbank that had their own immunization drives, the doctors basically went through the house shouting “FLU-SHOTS! FLU-SHUTS! WHO HASN’T HAD HIS FLU-SHOT YET? FREE FLU-SHOTS!”. The only thing missing was the guy shaking a bell :-)

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