11 responses to “Is Your Health Insurance Holding You Back?”

  1. Awkward Engineer (Sam)

    When I decided it was time to leave my old job, I found myself in the exact same situation. I ended up slogging through it until I had a new job lined up and felt like I could safely jump ship.

    Finding a new job took a while though, and a major factor in considering a more entrepreneurial career was what the cost of health insurance would be.

    This article definitely resonates with me.

  2. Fluxor

    Having been part of a socialized death-panel health care system all of my entire adult life, tying job selection to health care was a rather unfamiliar concept until I started to negotiate my move to China. The original offer was that I would get what local Chinese employees get in terms of health coverage (which sucked), but I manage to convince the powers that be to give me an upgraded package. It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker, but it was a concern that I hitherto never had to think about.

    When talking with HR in China, she initially expressed surprise after our initial conversation that out of all of my questions to her, I barely touched upon the subject of health care. She said that when talking with Americans moving to China, health care was almost always the number one issue to come up. Different life experience, different concerns.

    1. Chris Gammell

      I’m sure your main concerns as a Canadian were the weekly distributed rations of Maple Syrup and Poutine, correct?

      Sorry Flux, just the jealousy talking there 😉

      1. Fluxor

        Mmmm…poutine… And of course, where can I get a satellite feed to watch hockey.

        1. Sophi

          It is counter-intuitively freeing to pay for it yourself. No jealousy here at all.
          And…what is poutine?

        2. Fluxor

          Of course, I do pay for it. It’s just under a different guise — taxes.

          As for poutine, it’s a Canadian staple. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine

  3. Donough

    Not for me.

    I have to say the price quoted is high ($2500 for 6 months) with private insurance in Ireland and the Netherlands (mandatory there) at €1500 for a very good policy including dental for the same period and lower for the UK. Thus it does not hold one back as the cvosts are usually expected.

  4. gasstationwithoutpumps

    The US is no longer favorable towards startups—largely because of this huge health insurance barrier to leaving corporate employment.

    More at http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/usa-not-the-home-of-startups/

  5. Cherish The Scientist

    I could go on a long rant, but I won’t. I do think it’s insane that other countries seem to handle this problem, but we are still fighting about it here.

  6. My Two Innings

    Bingo. Have often thought that a single-payer system, far from being a drag on the free market, would unleash a wave of entrepreneurship in every other industry sector.

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