6 things other governments provide that Americans still have to pay for

Americans still need to pay for healthcare and college.Ian Walton/Getty Images

  • The American government pays for a lot of things, but it doesn’t cover everything other governments do.
  • Americans still need to pay for things like healthcare, college, and daycare out of their own pockets.
  • However, just because other governments pay for these benefits doesn’t necessarily mean they’re free — these countries often have higher tax rates, so taxpayer money can still fund benefits in the long run.
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The American government spends money on a lot of things — national defense, veterans’ benefits, income security, natural resources, energy, and environmental protection, to name a few.

But there are a few things the government doesn’t cover that are left to American citizens to pay themselves, like healthcare and college tuition — all things that are paid for by the government in some other countries around the world. Quite a few of these expenditures, such as maternity leave and daycare, are vital for parents.

However, it’s worth noting that even in many of these countries — and especially those in Europe — such social benefits aren’t necessarily “free.” These countries often have higher tax rates, giving the government more money to fund said benefits.

Here are six things Americans pay for that citizens in other countries get for “free.”


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