Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
It is pretty easy to drop $30K a year, USD, over here for Uni.
Tuition starts at 8000, then there's cost of living, housing, books, etc. Students are being forced by the government to go massively into debt to get an education that is barely worth it. Then the government, whose ministers mostly studied media studies and other non-exact or technical courses, class the things they studied themselves as nonsense and intend to drop any form of subsidy.
Austerity is hitting education hard, really hard, with ever fewer enrollment because there are no jobs, as they have all been outsourced and education doesn't guarantee any kind of future, other than a bankrupted, indebted one.
Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
No, the USA doesn't have the best medical care in the world, the FDA does a pretty good job of preventing that. Good try though.
Pay the most, get the least. I love Thatcherism (free market)!
Originally Posted by MisterFred
They don't generally do that in order to make sure you pay full price! Unless they wrote the book, the professor isn't getting a kickback. I teach a history course & make the online component mandatory - but I do it because that way I can force students to do a chapter assignment before the day they're supposed to have the chapter read - cuts down some on procrastinators who would otherwise show up to lecture without having done the reading. That type of assignment is impractical to do offline.
Plus you can buy the online code for my textbook for about $10. So used isn't great, but it's not a big screw job.
A lot of teachers in China write their own text books because they make a lot of money off students. Interestingly their text books are usually the worst ones. I can't read Chinese but I have been told by many a student that they think their English teachers are ignorant fools who got the school to use their books to milk them. Reading their books I disagree they're fools because they're very clever but I would definitely classify them as illiterate and barely capable of teaching kindergarten.
Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead
Well considering that is 7 billion and the US has only 305 million (ie 30 times), I have no doubt that there are many more of "the best" in the rest of the world as opposed to just the US because I seriously doubt there are 30 times as many "the best" in the world as there are in the US.
For cutting edge medical procedures, you generally hear more stories of people coming to the US than going to other countries from the US. The only exception are "medical vacations" to poorer nations, but that is more about the cost for "trivial" procedures rather than about quality of health care.
Again, I am just talking quality of medical procedures, NOT cost or insurance.
But that doesn't change my statement (ie opinion), that health care is better in the US than pretty much the rest of the world.
So we will just agree to disagree.
LOL, the US ranks among many third world countries when it comes to care, patient satisfaction and treatment. The only thing the US ranks first in is spending, for which insurance companies (scammers is the correct term) and hospitals are grateful.
The US ranks bottom compared with all other 'first world' countries, it has the worst. In Europe there are certain treatments for which patients are recommended to go to Cuba, eastern Europe and east Asia but not the US. Treatment isn't only cheaper, service better but quality far surpasses the US.Edited by Liranan - 3/20/13 at 3:08am