Originally posted by BRussell
New, do you not have any co-pays or deductibles in your system, i.e., do you not pay anything at all besides general taxes?
Hehe, good question. We have an entry fee in the healthcare system caped at about 100$, meaning that you have to pay a fee on doctors visits and hospital procedures, medicie or travle to and from hospital of about 10 $, which can be reclaimed in soem cases. But when yuor expenses reaches just above 100$, these fees stop. i guess this is a form of "co-pay" right?
We pay a lot of toll gates at road, which is supposed to go directly to road-improvement.
We pay a fee for national television, which is always a hot debate. But that's about it.
We have a 24% VAT (12% and non on some services). There are also extra taxes in some areas like gas and electricity and special tolls.
Companies pay direct taxes for employees social services.
The taxes are divded about 85% / 15% between the state and the local municipalities and counties.
And we have a progressive tax system where the less you make the less percentage you pay. The Really rich hide there income here, as everywhere else of course.