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#61 Tim Miller

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:25 PM

Two x-rays in North California cost about $200 according to this chap.

X-Rays

Let's put the material cost of the cast etc.. at $200 also.

I know docs earn a lot in the US. But $99,600 for 4 hours work ?

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I do not know if $70,000 / $100,000 was for a stay with traction, however read these.

http://www.usatoday....tal-costs_x.htm

Arnold Schwarzenegger breaking his leg just as he's preparing to make health care reform a centerpiece of his second term. So what will it cost to make the governor whole again? Hard to say exactly, but Linda Burt, chief financial officer at the 330-bed St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica -- where Schwarzenegger spent five days and underwent surgery for his skiing injury -- says her hospital typically charges anywhere from $6,500 to $9,500 a day for basic room and care. So what will it cost to make the governor whole again? Hard to say exactly, but Linda Burt, chief financial officer at the 330-bed St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica -- where Schwarzenegger spent five days and underwent surgery for his skiing injury -- says her hospital typically charges anywhere from $6,500 to $9,500 a day for basic room and care.

Then come the thousands of dollars for X-rays, lab procedures, physical therapy and medical supplies such as crutches.

And the doctor bills, which in Schwarzenegger's case meant the services of at least one orthopedic surgeon and an anesthesiologist -- each of whom probably billed the governor or his insurer several thousand dollars apiece.

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:44 PM

I spent half my childhood growing up on a farm in New Zealand - Absolutley awesome. I call it Britain with palm trees. Go there at least 500,000 quid though. Houses arent cheap and kiwis negotiate like the Scots.......

Buying in NZ (and a good read) http://itreallyisups...09/04/kill.html

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 12:30 AM

I spent half my childhood growing up on a farm in New Zealand - Absolutley awesome. I call it Britain with palm trees. Go there at least 500,000 quid though. Houses arent cheap and kiwis negotiate like the Scots.......



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Posted 17 June 2009 - 01:27 AM

Expats in Thailand are mostly insulated from Thai political problems. I was actually living in Bangkok in 2006 and the coup made little if no difference to most peoples day-to-day lives (I got the day off work, and there was nobody around when I went for a run in lumpini park, but that was about it). The political problems aren't over tho, and when the king eventually dies there is the potential for the country to become quite unstable.

The other problem with living in Thailand is visa's. You'll need a work permit (which is hard to get without a company wanting you there) or you'll need to marry a local if you want any kind of permanance. Note even being married to a Thai doesn't give you property or employment rights - and as for citizenship, you can forget it. Still, if you can do a few years there, I'd recommend it. Great place and nice people when you get past the smiling cliche (which can take a LONG time). Another option if you are employed is to get a business visa, these are quite easy to get and you can live in Thailand for up to 15mos (providing you leave every 90 days, but that's easy to do if you are travelling in SE asia anyway).

I'm sure Mr P will be along to add to this at some point.



It is not advisable for the OP to choose this place.


But for me, I'm quite happy, just to no longer live on contaminated land sites, working 16 hours a day, eating junk, stressed out of my brains.

I could've moved to Patagonia for all it mattered, just no more UK thanks very much.

Visas. I'm married with children, so I get the 15 month one, but no more border runs.


All this talk of should I move here or should I move there is stereotyped ********. It's down to individuals, their circumstances in the UK and what they've got going on abroad. Pretty small planet these days anyway. I just sit over here rather than over there.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 01:35 AM

1. It was not just the tax, then and maybe now if you want a USA passport you have to give up your UK passport,


That's the official line, but not necessarily so in practice. Someone I know took out US citizenship a few yrs ago (having lived there for years) after her husband died. She was left with a young child and taking out citizenship meant she would have a lot less tax to pay on his estate. She was not required to hand in her UK passport, and in fact at the citizenship ceremony the presiding officer actually said (on the quiet) that he knew certain of those present would be holding on to their original passports.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:12 AM

Fiji

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:14 AM

(from that GEI thread - see above):



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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:29 AM

Hotter, cheaper and no traffic jams: Why New Zealand is paradise for British expats

I love New Zealand and so do a lot of other British Expats apparently (see above).

There are other ways of getting your Visa if you don't have enough points for the skilled migrant category. You can work towards a visa by spending two years here, providing you earn a certain amount each year (55k I think - about average salary in Auckland) you are granted a Visa - this is the Work-to-residence category. They are also open to people bringing businesses here, you are given three years to establish your business before applying for permanent residence.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:32 AM

Hotter, cheaper and no traffic jams: Why New Zealand is paradise for British expats

I love New Zealand and so do a lot of other British Expats apparently (see above).

There are other ways of getting your Visa if you don't have enough points for the skilled migrant category. You can work towards a visa by spending two years here, providing you earn a certain amount each year (55k I think - about average salary in Auckland) you are granted a Visa - this is the Work-to-residence category. They are also open to people bringing businesses here, you are given three years to establish your business before applying for permanent residence.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:48 AM

All this talk of should I move here or should I move there is stereotyped ********. It's down to individuals, their circumstances in the UK and what they've got going on abroad. Pretty small planet these days anyway. I just sit over here rather than over there.


Exactly.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 04:43 AM

Exactly.



Exactly. ;)

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 04:45 AM

Everywhere, is different, people arround the world are mostly the same. Loads of people moan and bitch about ID cards, then contemplate moving somewhere where they are mandatory 24/7. They don't want to join the € and then move to a country that has it, moan about CCTV when every other person is filming on their mobile phone. Complain about immigrants..and want to become one. Lo and behold when they get abroad.... they don't integrate properly, join expat communities and bitch all the time.


A 2 week holiday is NEVER going to be enough to tell how good somewhere is to live in. After the rose coloured specs come off and reality sets in it's a totaly different story. Thats why so many fail to make the move permanently.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:11 AM

If you search, there's a huge pros and cons of Australia thread.

Re NZ: no traffic jams... really?

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:26 AM

Everywhere, is different, people arround the world are mostly the same. Loads of people moan and bitch about ID cards, then contemplate moving somewhere where they are mandatory 24/7. They don't want to join the € and then move to a country that has it, moan about CCTV when every other person is filming on their mobile phone. Complain about immigrants..and want to become one. Lo and behold when they get abroad.... they don't integrate properly, join expat communities and bitch all the time.


A 2 week holiday is NEVER going to be enough to tell how good somewhere is to live in. After the rose coloured specs come off and reality sets in it's a totaly different story. Thats why so many fail to make the move permanently.


Good grief! A sensible post!
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:48 AM

I might be moving to Spain soon.


If you are in the three groups I mentioned, no problem. If not, it may be tougher than you think. PM me if you want more info.
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