We pay 25 per cent value added tax on all goods and services. Food is 15 per cent, but toiletries, e.g. toothpaste, washing powders etc, is 25 per cent. A pint of beer is almost £10. In other words, there is a lot of indirect taxation. As for the Norwegian National Health Service, here we also have a lot of indirect taxation.
Although we do not pay the full price for medical help and medication, everyone has to pay a stipulated price.
When one has reached the threshold of £200, we get what is called a “free card” and most health expenses are then free. Visiting your GP costs roughly between £15 and £20, operations £20-£50.
We have a good health system, everyone is cared for.
Laila M Bakke