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When I was growing up in New Zealand all dental care was free till you were 18. (I don't know about now)

In my elementary school, as in many others, there was a special little building for the school dental nurse, and every child had to go there EVERY six months, no matter what. Of course, if a kid had real problems there were many more visits each year. No injections in those days that I remember.

All the kids called that building the Murder House.

I left NZ at 17 for school in England.

Today, my American dentist had to remove a filling and make a crown for the tooth.

He was very surprised at the material of the amalgam mix or whatever that he found. I told him that the latest time that fillng could have been done was 55 years ago in New Zealand.

He's replacing it with a crown, costing $1388 ( after the Senior Citizen deduction) but if I look at it differently, that is only $25.23 a year to keep that tooth working hard all my life....because our NZ elementary school dental nurse, or the "free" dentist later, did a good job.

Yep...I've had good experiences with "socialized medicine". You go, Obama!!!
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