Most US health care is bunk and is as likely to kill or injure you as cure you. By being forced to budget themselves and only cover treatments that actually work, the Chileans have stumbled upon this fact. The govt protocols work so well, private insurers have adopted them. They live just as long and spend about 20% of what we do per person.
Posted 7/16/2012 2:21 pm
Yet, nobody has mentioned Chile's nearly zero immigration policy. The place is fucking nightmare to emigrate to and forget being an illegal. They'd torture and kill you.
And, the income inequality is the same as in every Latin American economy. A large portion are the rural Indians. The rest are city dwellers. Chile has a free uni system - if you can qualify. Only those making the cut can attend. This puts the dumb on the fast track to poverty. They really don't have enough jobs to go around, but as long as they keep their population stable then they can keep it going. A far better model than the US obsession with constant growth. That philosophy will eat you alive just like any cancer.
Since the reestablishment of democracy in Chile, the former tendency for emigrants from the country to outnumber immigrants to it has reversed. Chile now is one of the two countries in Latin American with a positive migration rate.
Today, the principal immigrant groups correspond to the countries bordering Chile. Argentines constitute the largest group, followed by Peruvians. One of the main factors contributing to such immigration has been the growth of the Chilean economy during the past few decades. Immigration from other Latin American countries has also occurred.
According to the 2002 report of the International Organization for Migration, more than 10,000 people from the United States have emigrated to Chile. Most of these arrived in Chile initially to work for multinational corporations. Most possess professional degrees, and most are well situated economically.
Forget America, Immigrants With A Dream Are Moving To Chile
February 14, 2012
One of the local papers here in Chile ran an interesting story a few days ago about the number of young Spanish immigrants coming to Chile in search of work.
Fed up with the ridiculously high unemployment rate in Spain, and tired of being shut out of every single opportunity imaginable, a handful of intrepid young souls is starting to look for greener pastures abroad. And increasingly, that journey is bringing them to Chile.
Most found success in Chiles rapidly growing economy where skilled, energetic young people are in demand. For some, the opportunities here in Chile were so plentiful when they arrived that they encouraged their friends and families back home in Spain to hop a flight and make a change for the better.
Like America of the past, Chile is a country thats friendly to productive, responsible, hard-working people. Its very easy to obtain a residency visa and work permit all you need is a work contract from just about any local company, and youre entitled to whats called a "sujeto a contrato" visa.
This particular visa is renewed after one year. After the second year of continuous employment, youre entitled to permanent residency. Three years later, you can apply for naturalization and a Chilean passport, as long as you meet minimum time-in-country requirements.
Best of all, you dont even need a lawyer. Compared to what Ive seen in Europe and North America, the red tape involved in the Chilean immigration process is minimal; local companies in Chile have tremendous latitude in hiring foreign workers without the government getting involved.
Yes! First of all, Chileans themselves. Seldomly I have been to a country where people are so interested and welcoming to foreigners (okay okay, I guess not to all of them, Im aware theres also a lot of racism against Peruvians for example, but to me, my friends and visiting relatives, people have been always great). I like how helpful they are, sometimes almost grotesquely helpful, like when I walk around the city with my old backpack that has a broken zip, all the time people keep telling me that my backpack is open and that I should be aware of pocket thieves. Or elderly men that offer me their seat in the Metro, which I find kind of awkward, since I feel they can use it better than me (I hope its not because I look pregnant, haha). Or how people on the street I asked for directions sometimes actually offered to accompany me and show me themselves, to make sure Id get there. Hasnt happened to me anywhere else in the world. I like peoples sense of humor, this way they have of constantly mocking each other and giving their friends odd nicknames which in other countries would be seen as an insult, but here its rather an expression of affection. I like the importance Chileans give to their families and how men here seem to be more affectionate. And I like the more relaxed attitude Chileans have about many things. Yes, sometimes it can drive you nuts when youre waiting hours and hours in the supermarket because of peoples general slowness, but on the other hand I like it that no one gives you hateful stares if youre the slow one, Chileans wont go bitter about insignificant stuff like waiting 5 minutes more or less. I like sitting in the bus like today and suddenly two young guys come in and start to play guitar and simultaneously the flute and sing and all of this impressively great. Generally, I love Chilean music, contemporanous stuff but also all those kind of sad, heart-touching 60ies or 70ies songs which all Chilean can sing by heart and will do enthusiastically when someone drags out a guitar at a party or asado. I love the weather in Santiago, this feeling to have summer for nearly 6 months (by Mid-European standards), the ability to plan a barbecue or any outdoor activity weeks ahead because you can simply discard the possibility that it might rain. I love the amazing fruit, the amazing fish and seafood. And, of co
As long as you can be a bazillion km from Santiasco.
In the winter, when the towns are choked with toxic wood-smoke clouds and the lugareos are huddled in their drafty but overheated firetrap hovels, it's best to be out in the wilder places, for one cannot easily say that one cares for the place if one is not able to breathe.
In cities around the world, you'll see plenty of Mexican and Brazilian restaurants. But there will be far fewer Chilean or Canadian restaurants. People around the world are just not interested in eating at Chilean or Canadian restaurants.