Visit these five international cities that provide free health careIt seems lately everyone's talking about health care and health insurance. Why? Beats us! We just figure it's an opportunity to get some travel inspiration. Looking for a trip where you don't have to worry about bringing along your own surgical supplies? These five places offer awesome an awesome vacation, plus universal health care for those medical tourists.
The United Kingdom is so proud of its universal health care system that it was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Plus, thanks to Brexit, the dollar is stronger in Britain than it has been in quite some time.
We recommend getting on a soapbox in Hyde Park, taking a whirl in the London Eye and afternoon tea time (we actually mean pounding IPAs in SoHo, but your call).
2. Hong Kong
Hong Kong has the second-longest average life expectancy in the world, and it's also the easiest place to get into in China with your U.S. passport.
First things first: As your exiting the airport look for one of the bakeries and buy one of everything — it's all amazing. We also recommend getting lost in the subway (it's clean, efficient, cool and basically you can live down there), riding to the train to the top of Victoria Peak and eating congee for breakfast every day.
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Denmark is one of those places that gets thrown around a lot in health care debates, so why not see it for yourself?
Check out the super old-school amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, and then feast on cutting edge cuisine at Noma, which has been rated the best restaurant in the world four times (just be sure to make your reservations about six months in advance — seriously). You should also smile — Denmark came in a close second to Norway as the happiest country in the world in the 2017 World Happiness Report (because that's a thing that needs reporting).
Ooh la la! France consistently ranks as one of the best health care systems in the world, so load up on crepes and start smoking, because who needs another reason to go here?
Go during the summer solstice to see one of the coolest music festivals in the world, when music pops up all over the city, from planned and ticketed performances to punk rock bands on street corners. If time is short go with the Musee d'Orsay over the Louvre — the collection is incredible and it's not 30 miles long (rough conversion for kilometers).
5. The Bahamas
The universal health care system in the Bahamas isn't quite up and running yet, since they just passed the legislation in 2016, but hey, it's the Bahamas!
Go to a beach and drink. And then drink some more. And then stay at the beach.
Notably missing from this list is anywhere in Canada. No offense to our neighbors up north, but Tim Hortons just wasn't sounding exotic enough for us today.
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