- Sep 2016
- My own world
Agree, much of the western world outside the US is indeed as good if not better than life in the US. If nothing else the pace of life is more easy going, people just seem to be calmer.Travel is wonderful. Unfortunately, I just canceled my trip to China in June due to the coronavirus.
I once met a guy in Tennessee who hadn’t been much further west than Columbia, Tn, or much further east than Cookville, Tn, but he was convinced he lived in the greatest place on earth. I asked him how he would know such a thing if he had never left the area; and he said he just knew. That is the mentality of some who don’t travel.
My FIL had sepsis in Spain while we were traveling. I drove him to a hospital in Norte Madrid, and after a month in the hospital he was able to fly home. He spent 2.5 weeks in the Unidad Cuidado Intensivo (ICU), and was put into a medical coma. The hospital was a private hospital, but the doctors said they work there and public hospitals both. Due to his condition, we opted to get him into the ER there, which saved his life. Not bad socialized medicine for $56,000. One of his college buddies died around the same time due to sepsis, because here in the States surgeons want to cut, and it killed his friend.
I had a heart-attack, and was out of the hospital with a stent in like 2-3 days. My bill was around $52,000. I think I would have rather had the heart attack in Spain. If nothing else, the people there were wonderful.
When I was in Copenhagen, I was talking to a taxi driver about the taxes there. They are indeed very high; however, it pays for so much that we normally would have to pay out of pocket for here in the States. Their city was clean, the people were healthy, happy and prosperous.