24.1.08

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.

3 comments:

Joanne Rasmussen said...

Here in SA you dont get anything for nothing. Our medical aid is R 6000.00 a month which is equivalent to Krone and we still have huge shortfalls.

Victoria said...

Yes I hear the healthcare is really good here. I haven't experienced it first hand but I've heard its a good place to be sick. :-) Although I've also heard some mom's complain that it is really difficult to get doctors to prescribe antibiotics for their sick kids. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing though. Anyway I agree, its good to see at least some good come of the high tax rates.

Skygge said...

50 € in Ireland ? Is it a joke ? In France, its 22€, but you get 21€ refunded... so, you see the doc for 1€.