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Old 02.04.2019, 17:05
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Switzerland's competition comes from having 3 EU countries across its borders with cheaper shopping. Granted you are stuffed if you live on top of a mountain in central Switzerland but there are hundreds of thousands of people living within touching distance of the border that can go and buy their cheaper groceries and whatnot.

Not many countries have to contend with that, do they?
Not enough people shop abroad to affect prices here by much. I think that's pretty clear to see.
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Went to my doctor last evening to get a new prescription for my blood pressure tablets.
He told me I needed a new brand because the old ones were implicated in the concerns about certain blood pressure drugs causing skin cancer.
I asked if I should get a check up?
He sent a fax to a skin specialist, had my appointment midday today; everything OK!

From what I remember of the dear old NHS I would still be waiting for an appointment next year?
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Old 04.04.2019, 08:52
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Went to the bank and received Swiss quality services in my native language. Of course not a big deal, I just didn't expect it.
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Old 04.04.2019, 09:50
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Went to the bank and received Swiss quality services in my native language. Of course not a big deal, I just didn't expect it.
It was almost more amazing that they were open before 8.52h in the morning!
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Old 04.04.2019, 10:03
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Went to my doctor last evening to get a new prescription for my blood pressure tablets.
He told me I needed a new brand because the old ones were implicated in the concerns about certain blood pressure drugs causing skin cancer.
I asked if I should get a check up?
He sent a fax to a skin specialist, had my appointment midday today; everything OK!

From what I remember of the dear old NHS I would still be waiting for an appointment next year?
To be fair, you can pay insurance for healthcare in the U.K. too.

My brother needed a consultant to look at his knee and was told there was a three month waiting list. When he asked what the wait was if he went private, he was told the same consultant could see him the following afternoon.

Having said that I think the Swiss system works better - it should all be one or the other and with insurance with deductibles, it does stop the mass of time wasters who burden the NHS, and G.P. surgeries especially.
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Went to the bank and received Swiss quality services in my native language. Of course not a big deal, I just didn't expect it.
Do you mean utterly helpful and efficient or entirely-on-their-own-terms-and-here's-the-bill?
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Old 04.04.2019, 11:18
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To be fair, you can pay insurance for healthcare in the U.K. too.

My brother needed a consultant to look at his knee and was told there was a three month waiting list. When he asked what the wait was if he went private, he was told the same consultant could see him the following afternoon.

Having said that I think the Swiss system works better - it should all be one or the other and with insurance with deductibles, it does stop the mass of time wasters who burden the NHS, and G.P. surgeries especially.
Anything that is un-metered is subject to abuse and waste. That's why I prefer that there are charges on things even if it is a nominal amount.
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It was almost more amazing that they were open before 8.52h in the morning!
Yesterday, curley....you take everything so....literally!! Nothing escapes your attention. It happened yesterday. And yes, I am still pleasantly surprised to be honest. Enough to add it on this silly thread, apparently.

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Do you mean utterly helpful and efficient or entirely-on-their-own-terms-and-here's-the-bill?
Haha, I see the "Swiss quality" thinggy was not the best choice of words..Helpful and efficient. But of course, entirely-on-their-terms and here-is-the-bill too.
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A capitalist economy really needs competition, and lots of it, to benefit the consumer.
That changes nothing, fundamentally, they'll still rip you off if they get the chance. It's called maximising profits.
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That changes nothing, fundamentally, they'll still rip you off if they get the chance. It's called maximising profits.
Economics really isn't your strong point is it?
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Economics really isn't your strong point is it?
Excellent. Always play the man rather than the argument.
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Old 07.04.2019, 09:26
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Excellent. Always play the man rather than the argument.

Fine, Okay. What you are saying is that having competition changes nothing, fundamentally and does not benefit the consumer.
(and this is compared with a duopoly which is basically what we have in Switzerland).

That's so basically wrong that there is little point in 'arguing' with you as you appear to know so little on the subject.

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Went to my doctor last evening to get a new prescription for my blood pressure tablets.
He told me I needed a new brand because the old ones were implicated in the concerns about certain blood pressure drugs causing skin cancer.
I asked if I should get a check up?
He sent a fax to a skin specialist, had my appointment midday today; everything OK!

From what I remember of the dear old NHS I would still be waiting for an appointment next year?
In the UK people have a choice, they can pay to go privately or have insurance. Choice is a wonderful thing which Swiss residents don't have
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That changes nothing, fundamentally, they'll still rip you off if they get the chance. It's called maximising profits.
You need to look closer at the airline industry, loads of competition, loads of government subsidy & zero combined profits over 100 years.
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You need to look closer at the airline industry, loads of competition, loads of government subsidy & zero combined profits over 100 years.
That's why capitalism only works in economic theories.
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That's why capitalism only works in economic theories.
No, it's government supports that's the issue, however countries want a national airline for their pride.
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No, it's government supports that's the issue, however countries want a national airline for their pride.
Or you know, to guarantee mobility to "uneconomic" areas.
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In a special offer just for Switzerland, the Coca-Cola Company has decided to resize its 500mL soft drink bottles, reducing them by 10% to 450 mL -- and guess what, the price will stay the same. TIS.

But, and this is also kinda TIS in its own way, Selecta -- the company behind most of those ubiquitous vending machines -- has reacted by banning most Coca-Cola products (story in French) and replacing them with similar products from other brands. Good on ya, Selecta!

Roughly translated, the story reads:
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I didn't take note of that bit when I read it last time. That is outrageous! I took it as they generally do that and keep the price up in Switzerland only. rofl, in the old days they at least petended .... I like the "special offer" bit though. To keep us nice and slim here? Beauty comes at a price, they got a point.

However, my Migros sells old Cola - it's still in 500ml bottles.
Or maybe Migros purchases it in Germany, rofl. (Wonder how they handle the VAT-problem, Amanda might wanna ask them).
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There's unrest brewing in Switzerland. Could this be enough to bring the country to a halt?

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Coffee beans not vital for human survival, Switzerland decidesGovernment proposes end to decades-old strategy of stockpiling bags of raw product

Switzerland has announced plans to abolish the emergency stockpiling of coffee, a strategy that has been in place for decades, saying the beans are not vital for human survival – though opposition to the proposal is brewing.
https://www.theguardian.com/food/201...e_iOSApp_Other
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There's unrest brewing in Switzerland. Could this be enough to bring the country to a halt?

https://www.theguardian.com/food/201...e_iOSApp_Other
Oh dear, how will I resist the enemy without at least my two caffè espresso in the mornings?
That's about right, I consume 8-9 kilos of coffee beans a year. So the next war better not last too long.

During WWII they apparently planted potatoes on the "Sechseläutenplatz" in Zurich. They mucked that up big time, covering it in stone. Any information how that problem will be solved? While we're at it.
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