reading about healthcare in the usa is just sad. Last trip to the hospital i payed about 700$ total (give or take with the conversion rate), Wich was tendonitis in the left shoulder (as a bonus i got artrose in the right joint for free...): 2 appointments with a specialst 2 examinations (mri scan & ct scan + contrast injection) 1 month of fysiotherapy treatment 2 days a week. I should get that back at some point in the future since legally it's still listed as assault, although it's taking them painfully slow to be honest. As for healthcare ensurance its a yearly fee of 50€. A large part is already getting deducted from my paycheck however & my employer pays a part aswell for that (wich is why employmentcost is hotly debated over here). Im pretty safe to say that i pay around 800$ a month to taxes that get deducted already from my paycheck. Wich is the not so pretty side of the coin. The pretty side is: lots cheaper healthcare & some procedures are stupidly cheap (but only if they are deemed needed). My girlfriends breast reduction only cost her 50$ for example (yes they were that big...), cancer treatment is also a world apart from usa standards. Education. Bachelor degree = 3 years = 3 * 550 = 1650€. for a master that would be 2200€. Most people don't realize how money gets sourced from that but the darker side of the coin here is quite desastrous in some cases making it that bigger companies simply move to the lower wage countries. The system we got does lead to a whole other set of problems though wich most people don't consider.