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A healthy population is key to nation-building. However, private healthcare is understandably costly and prices just go even higher every passing year. Lucky are those who belong to governments that have rolled out customized, advanced, and heavily subsidized health care plans that their citizens can easily access. Below are some of the jurisdictions that provide free health care services to their people:
- The Bahamas
A recently developed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in The Bahamas—a major offshore investment center—aims to improve the sustainability of its health care system for a better and healthier country. All Bahamians, regardless of age and status, are eligible for this new program at no cost, especially those who are financially incapable of paying private health insurance coverage. NHI’s health coverage includes prenatal services, disease prevention, health promotion, treatments of common diseases and the privilege of selecting their own physician.
The National Health Service (NHS) is a public health program in England intended for all its citizens across the country. It is funded by general taxes and National Insurance contributions. In terms of healthcare quality, England has adequate and high-standard medical services offered to all patients. Health services such as prescriptions, optical, and dental conditions are free of charge.
Considered as one of the foremost and popular medical destinations among Asian countries, Singapore has been frequented by many foreign visitors and patients from various countries, seeking for outstanding medical services. Its basic healthcare plan called MediShield Life provides lifetime coverage for all Singaporean permanent residents of all ages. It is designed to help every ensured patient to pay for costly treatments and hospital bills without having to deplete their own savings.
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The most successful civilizations of the ancient times relied on one important aspect that determined whether or not their empire will survive and flourish for a hundred years: active trade routes. China, the Middle East, and other established nations recognize the importance of keeping this economic and trading connection that even in the modern times, they remain an irreplaceable building block to progress—even to small, offshore investment centers like Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Here are some of the most productive trade routes in the modern world:
Strait of Malacca
This maritime route runs between three economically competitive countries: Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. For decades, the Strait of Malacca has been a central connection of the rest of the world to and from the Asian regions. The history of the strait goes way back to the ancient times and today, it’s a key link that connects the Pacific and the Indian Oceans.
Strait of Hormuz
The Persian Gulf is a major exporter of billions of barrels of petroleum products, and the Strait of Hormuz is a critically important route for the global economy. While crude oil is the number one product that benefits from such global access, there is a variety of merchandise that is also exported and re-exported through this water trade route.
The New Silk Road
China’s One Belt One Road initiative is set to revive and expand the ancient Silk Road in order to connect the biggest markets in the global economy. The New Silk Road, according to experts, will connect countries with the right infrastructure, political stability, and of course, favorable geographic location. The main goal is to trace the path of least resistance, a free-flowing connection, and productive cooperation among economically active neighbors.