Archiv 30. Januar 2019

Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2019

Was Trump geflissentlich verheimlicht: Amis fluten mexikanische Grenzstädte

At just one checkpoint in Yuma, Arizona, up to 6,000 Americans cross the border every day and enter the bustling Mexican town of Los Algodones, seeking hea[l]th care.

Los Algodones has to be seen to believed. There are more dentists per capita than anywhere else in the world. […] The community’s economy is built to serve the flood of “dental refugees” — mostly senior citizens from the US and Canada seeking major dental care they cannot afford in their own countries, even with insurance.

One of the reasons dental care is so expensive in the United States is insurance. […] Another cost for US dentists is malpractice insurance, which is not required in Mexico. […]

Dental work in Mexico is on average two-thirds less than in the US and customers may save 80 percent or more on some costly operations. Those savings derive partially from Mexico’s less expensive real estate and labor costs, but also, Mexico’s dentists don’t graduate with a ton of student debt. The government provides basically tuition-free education. “When we get out of school, we have to pay the government, but we do it by one year of free service, and that’s it,” […]

To get an idea of the absurdity, one could argue there are more people currently fleeing the US’s health care system than refugees seeking asylum from extreme violence and state terror in Central America.

Quelle: Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About

Das wiederum …

Approximately 74 million people in the US have no dental insurance, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.

… erschaudert mich auf Anhieb weniger. Der grösste Teil der erwachsenen Schweizer hat auch keine Zahnpflegeversicherung, und der Weltuntergang ist ausgeblieben. Wobei die meisten wiederum eine Unfallversicherung besitzen, die bei Zahnunfällen einspringt. Wer hierzulande längerfristig Geld sparen will putzt sich regelmässig und anständig die Zähne.

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Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2019

Hotelketten unterteilen sich grob in zwei Geschäftsmodelle

Successful hotel companies create a strong brand and then, to over-simplify matters a bit, either sell franchises (the Motel 6 approach) or sign no-risk management contracts with owners of swanky hotel buildings (the Four Seasons approach).

Quelle: Preparing for a Coming Winter Storm? WeWork Pivots to Minimize Risk for Itself

Ich liebe Motel 6 (USA) sowie Ibis (Europa) — dank solchen Hotelketten weiss man ganz genau, was man bekommt (nicht viel, kein Firlefanz, aber günstig), und muss nicht mehr stundenlang auf Tripadvisor Hotel-Reviews lesen (die sich dann schlimmstenfalls als gefälscht herausstellen).

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Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2019

Definiere den realen Wert von Flugmeilen und Kreditkartenpunkten

„What I’ve come to believe is miles and points are just a metric for how much of your real life you’re missing. In fact, if you don’t travel that often and therefore don’t have much use for these products and services I’ve listed here then, well, in my opinion you’re doing it right.“

Quelle: Travel Tips from a Guy Who Travels Kinda Often

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