Advantages of being Norwegian
It costs around 50 Euros for any man, woman or dog without a medical card to see a doctor in Ireland. Only the very poor or very old get medical cards. In Norway children under the age of 12 get this service for free, and adults pay a fee of 120 Nok (just under 15 Euros). Well yesterday, I discovered another benefit of the Norwegian healthcare system. My 14-month old son has exzema so I got a presecription for some ointments to alleviate it. It turns out that because he was born in Norway, he gets all presecription medication free until he is 12. I was truely surprised - I've previously paid for antibiotics for my daughter, born in Singapore - and had to say 'Wow there sure are some great advantages of living in Norway!'. At least here you get something for your taxes.