EU health care



Utopia, no matter where it’s tried…..fails.

Simply put, no one wants to foot the bill of someone else, let alone the fact that they haven’t even paid into the system they are demanding treatment from. Lets look at it from another angle, the takers of society (leftist supporters) demanding the liberty (wealth) of others (in the form of wealth distribution through unfair taxation) just because they so, who in their right mind would really stand for that if they really had a choice?

When it was first introduced in 2004, the EU’s European Health Insurance Card was hailed as a major step forward in facilitating the free movement of people throughout the European Union.

By flashing the blue credit card-sized document, any EU citizen in need of medical care would be ensured their treatment would be covered by the public health care system, regardless of whether they were in their home country or visiting another EU member state.

But the recent case of Johanna, a Swedish woman residing in Germany who was left with 130,000 kronor ($18,500) in medical bills after she gave birth prematurely while visiting family in Sweden, shows that the system doesn’t always work, especially for mobile Europeans who divide their time between more than one EU country.

“Someone has to take responsibility. If you’re an EU citizen, it shouldn’t be a problem to receive healthcare,” Moderate Party MEP Christoffer Fjellner tells The Local.

Fjellner’s frustration stems from what he sees as failings in the EU health system that in dealing with the medical needs of mobile EU citizens – precisely the sort of people whose lives were supposed to be made easier by a more harmonized system across member states.

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  1. What a weird logic. Public healthcare should be scrapped for failing to provide free services to a Swedish woman giving birth to a Swedish baby in Sweden? Just because she lives in Germany! My take on the story is that Sweden needs to follow the EU health insurance agreements better, and if they really need to cut corners by writing a hospital bill for birthing a Swedish baby, then maybe that’s the wrong place to start. The real strain on the taxpayer are the welfare-dependent immigrants and their huge families, not to mention complications of post-FGM labor.

    I’m more than happy to provide my taxmoney for free healthcare for children, including pre-natal. The problem with privatizing pediatrics is that 1)poor families will “hope for the best” and not schedule regular pre- and post-birth checkups to save money, and fetal complications will go unnoticed and lead to emergencies. Even such a small abnormality as the big size or the position of the fetus could cause complications, if a C-section is needed but delayed due to no information of these, and the child might suffer brain damage in prolonged labor in oxygen shortage. 95% of babies and births are perfectly fine with no or minimal intervention, but the rest can be dangerous to both mother and child especially when the medical team lacks information from gestation period. Early childhood follow-up of child development and family situation in “socialist Scandinavia” is excellent and provides early detection of abnormalities that can be treated, but going unnoticed might cause lifelong suffering for the child -hydrokefalia being one example. 2)Even childless people will agree that children are our future, and as they cannot choose the families they are born in, they should all be given equal opportunities in health and education.

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