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PostSubject: Social security: comparison between countries   Wed 24 Jan 2018, 21:15

As the granddaughter moves to Switzerland in some fortnight I thought that the social system as it is European, would be the same as other European countries, which is more based on solidarity  and hence considered as I heard from Americans as rather socialist. (I think for many Americans, we are all Socialists even the Liberals Wink ).

I started in the time on the BBC messageboard a comparison between Europe and the US, with among others Tas Khan, who knows the American system. If I remember it well it all started with the price of "petrol"....and yes the Beveridge Report...

But what a surprize when I heard that in Switzerland one had to chose for a health insurance on the private market, with fixed prices depending on insurance for great risks or small risks. High monthly fees, surprizing for us here. And as I understand it there is no solidarity.
That means the female "cashier"? in the local market has to pay as much as the biggest earner of Switzerland....I suppose from my first research on official sites.
But at the other side, we here in Belgium have, outside France, one of the biggest % of our earnings for Social Security and one of the highest contributions of the employers too...and all is included...and there is solidarity between the rich and the poor...as I remember from the BBC board in Britain too?

I stop here for not losing my message when I introduce my many sites (sorry Priscilla, but I can't it all! summarize with my poor grasp of the English language)

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PostSubject: Re: Social security: comparison between countries   Wed 24 Jan 2018, 21:52

Addendum to the previous message.

To start with a comparison between the social securities of the European countries. It is rather easy to compare with the many graphics, but rather less detailed in some topics as for instance the health insurance...
[url=https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/be/Documents/tax/TaxStudiesAndSurveys/Comparitive Benefits Study_2017.pdf]https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/be/Documents/tax/TaxStudiesAndSurveys/Comparitive%20Benefits%20Study_2017.pdf[/url]


The link doesn't work because in the preview is added to the original ending on pdf: [/url]

But as I said for instance on Switzerland's health insurance it is mentioned:
"The benefits paid out by the different types of social security are in principle (my!) financed by contributions levied on income. For the health insurance, each person insured pay a premium."
My comments: that is rather vague in comparison with what I said...but yes the purpose of the site is perhaps not a socialist whining...

But before I end this paragraph some article from the Spectator...in my eyes a bit a biassed glorification of a right wing...
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2010/07/swiss-welfare-runs-like-clockwork/
And see it is from the Conservatives...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spectator


And tomorrow the real stuff with comparisons between the US and Europe...
And some detailed studies about Switzerland...

Kind regards from Paul.
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