I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I picked up your book The Nordic Theory of Everything. Yet once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. Then I got to the end and my reaction was: why did you stay? Love? Wouldn’t you both be better off if you followed the Nordic System of Love?
Some days I would give up everything to have unquestioned access to healthcare and free college and a system that values education and learning.
Yesterday a friend told me that a 10 year-old family member wants to kill themselves after being bullied for an entire school year by a teacher. The teacher is not being disciplined. Would this happen in Norway or are teachers as strongly vetted as they here in the US? You mention about teachers not being able to teach but not about how they treat their students.
Recently I had to pay $125 in order to get a prescription for a $5 bottle of amoxicillin. And I had to tell the doctor what I had. I find this is the experience of most people here in the US. They have to go in prepared and already done their research when talking to a doctor. Does this happen in Norway?
In college the choice was pay for college or have health insurance. I was furious when I received the insurance company packets and they said because I’m a woman, my premiums were four times that as a man the same age as myself. (Never mind that male teenagers and young adults pay higher car insurance but I don’t think the insurance would have been as high as those premiums I was quoted. My car insurance was a drop in the bucket compared to the health insurance.) All of those packets went into the recycling.
I was also working full-time while going to college and my employer paid me out of three separate accounts so that it would look like I was part-time and they didn’t have ot give me benefits. And these were local politicians.
Speaking of politicians, they use the word “reform” for healthcare here in the US. Does this strike you as strange or weird? They should turn away the lobbyists and bling and set limits on drug costs and a whole other host of items. Yes, I know equipment costs money but sometimes….Yet all they do is talk, talk, talk and no action. Well, usually it consists of bucking and fighting whatever is being presented and then knocking it out when new people are elected. Price setting in the current way of being and thinking would never work here out of pure greed.
Have a job after many months after having a baby? What concept is that? I know people who have gone back to work 4 days after giving birth. Again, large corporations cry and complain, yet as you point out, it’s a boon for new entrants into the workforce. Just a huge “WOW” is all I can say. Even if most women don’t express it directly, I’m sure they would give anything to have this after having a baby. And money to boot? I’d work three jobs to get that money back when I need it.
Your work dredged up a lot of not-so-pleasant memories and reactions, my own personal reactions, mainly being upset about how this system is available and it works yet out of greed people and corporations claw at it and fight it every chance they get.
People here in the U.S. are split in different directions regarding healthcare. However, I’m seeing more and more people on social media venting their frustrations and people are wiling to have “socialized” medicine because our system of care sucks and as one woman pointed out, due to the lack of specialists, she already has to wait six months for an appointment anyway. I’m glad to see that you brought up medical bankruptcy. One woman I know, and her husband died, is now $1 million in debt for his cancer treatments and she has small children. I can’t imagine. This is another “taboo” topic. Why? Why can’t we have conversations about this and make changes? Nobody wants to talk about it. Is it the stigma that going through bankruptcy means that you have failed?
One item you referred to but didn’t mention is that going on individual State benefits opens the door to the individual State to freeze your assets and/or take the money from your estate before your heirs receive it. Does this happen in Norway? I’ve heard stories of families in probate court have a State official show up at the probate hearing and submit the documentation for the State to take the amount in benefits that the person used for food stamps et al. while they were alive. The State gets the money first and then the family can split the rest. Some people don’t know this and I know some people just don’t care.
I don’t know how it is in New York.
I’m glad you wrote this book and I hope everything is working out for you here.