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Four parts to the article:
New Zealand: Thoughts After Seven Years, by Nivek
New Zealand: Thoughts After Seven Years, Part 2, by Nivek
New Zealand: Thoughts After Seven Years, Part 3, by Nivek
New Zealand: Thoughts After Seven Years, Part 4, by Nivek

Then, a PDF of the author's comparison and quantification of life between New Zealand and the US:
https://survivalblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NZ_Table.pdf


...and on a related note, below are my recent comments to someone when they thought that moving to Canada was a fine idea, and it's version of socialism was A-OK. Note that I am originally from Canada.


Observation #1. Your tax burden will be dramatically higher.
When I left BC in 1994 my combined Federal and State tax burden was 54% of my gross income. That didn't include higher fuel taxes, a Provincial Sales Tax, and (after I left) a Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Chew on that for a few minutes. Think about your Federal and State taxes today. What is the difference between those rates (relative to your gross income) and then increasing it to 54%.

As an aside, I have a coworker from Denmark. His equivalent Federal and State burden was 63%. We've chatted many times about the harsh financial realities of socialist-like thinking.


Observation #2. Your cost of living will be dramatically higher.
More taxes. Everything costs more - even the same laptop, TV, or vehicle. Check amazon.ca or costco.ca for that splash of cold water.


Observation #3. Healthcare isn't the nirvana envisioned by many.
In BC they have similar challenges such as an aging population, expensive technologies elongating life, and more. People are generally "taxed out". So the BC Government must throttle utilization. I call this the "Dirty R" word - rationing. I wonder if I can trademark that...


A physician shortage combined with rationing has introduced some interesting "challenges" in many geographic areas. For example, if you're not "on file" with a primary physician in a challenged area and you need to see a physician, you go to a walk-in clinic. Sounds good(!), except the physicians are capped on the number of services they can provide per day. More rationing. So what happens? People go early to the clinic, wait in line, and try to be seen first thing that morning. Try again tomorrow if you missed the bus...

You'll get emergency care, but expect to queue up for weeks or months for elective procedures. The BC Government publishes a website of surgical wait times. Don't believe me? Go have a peek. The BC Government publishes wait times by region and procedure. Bad knee? No problem, here are some pills and we'll see you in a few months.
Surgical Wait Times - Province of British Columbia

The rich are accelerating their access by purchasing services in BC or even in the US. The daughter of a childhood friend worked in a private clinic in greater Vancouver, the clinic was huge, and the clinic was always busy. Wealthy people, sports stars, and so on. The class society exists even in the perceived utopia such as Canada.

Mental-health care or long-term care? Same challenges as the United States. It's limited or non-existent. I experienced this in 2013 when my Father was ailing and needed long-term care assistance. A regional health agency in BC generally refused to assist since they were simply tapped out, and offered to send a person for a couple of hours once per week.

Net: if you're paying a lot in taxes, you likely will not see value from the healthcare system for those taxes. Moreover, you will NOT receive any form of Nordstrom-like healthcare experience.


Observation #4. Guns and Self Defense aren't for you.
I don't think I need to elaborate since this should be known to many on this forum. Concealed carry? Forget it.

Self defense or Castle doctrine? It does not work in your favor. A drugged up dude could be stabbing your spouse in your home and you'd still probably be charged if you shot the dude. Chew on that perverse thinking for a while...
 
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