Is israel socialist because they have universal healthcare?
- FoofaLv 78 months ago
No. Israel is like the Scandinavian countries in that it uses a Capitalist economic system but has a few relatively generous social programs. That said Israelis do have to pay toward their medical care. It's not like it's totally free.
- BMCRLv 78 months ago
Canada also has healthcare and it is not socialist either.
Having one thing that is "socialized" does not mean the general makeup of government is "socialist".
- Bubba RayLv 78 months ago
Well, technically not, since it is USA taxpayers who pay for it, not Israelis citizens.
- LiliLv 78 months ago
Having universal healthcare doesn't make a country "socialist". MOST advanced, industrial nations have universal healthcare.
Sometimes such countries are called "soft socialist," meaning that they combine a capitalist or largely-capitalist economy with good benefits for citizens. Even in the United States we have soft-socialist programs, such as Medicare and Social Security.
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- JeffreyLv 78 months ago
You need to look up the meaning of socialism. It is NOT benefits from the government. It's government ownership and control of the means of productions and distribution of goods and services.
- Wage SlaveLv 78 months ago
While most socialists would support national/universal healthcare, that does not itself make socialism anywhere.
Socialism is concerned with the relationship between the workers and the productive means (factories, equipment, office buildings, corporate computing systems, etc.), not 'tax and spend'.