Next week: Is health insurance important for children in your country?
From this school year, Vietnamese parents have to pay for their children's health insurance in a full package for the whole year. The amount would be around VND540,000 (US$24). The country's media in the past few weeks have reported the complaints of parents in having to pay too much at one time for their kids' health insurance. On the other hand, very often, they would not hesitate to buy a present with the same amount of money for their kids' teachers as an act of gratitude on certain occasions.
In Western countries, it seems like health insurance is very important and people are willing to pay for it while giving presents to kids' teachers almost never happens. What do you think about this? Why is health insurance important to people in your countries and why are people willing to pay for it without complaining?
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