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Old Jul 23rd 2011, 5:01 pm
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Default Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

We moved to Perth, stayed for 13months, I had another baby and found the Distance thing too hard! Back in UK and hate it. But where too now....
We have PR visas for Australia valid until 2014... We have some frinds there. We know the areas, schools, benefit systems, medical cover, cost of renting and living...
OZ has about a 80%nhs, 20% private health system. I didn't have to pay athing to have my son.. And if one of the kids broke a leg I wouldn't have to pay! The child benefit rate is the same for each child which for 3kids was about $1000 (ozzy dollers) amonth... Cost of living was about the same as in the UK, as some things were cheaper but somethings more expensive. Hubby earned more and got a car with every job he had... Beaches are stunning. Weather was great. Schooling age starts later at 5yrs. They drive on the same side of the road and car insurance was abit cheaper then here!!!! But it's a horrible flight/distance... 20hrs..
So, WHATS IT LIKE IN THE USA, FLORIDA????
All/any help, tips, answers or web-links would be greatly appreciated...
I am looking for nice weather, beaches, slightly slower pace of life, average cost of living, average rentals, good wages, friendly people, not too 'high' crime rates, but most of all A BETTER LIFE FOR US AS A FAMILY & KIDS...
Where would you go?
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by michelledenham View Post
So, WHATS IT LIKE IN THE USA, FLORIDA????
Hopefully a moderator will move this to the general USA forum as it's not immigration related.

That said, a single hospitalization in the US could quite easily bankrupt you - has happened many time to folks who don't understand that health care is a thriving industry here... and you'll pay several $thousand each month for premiums for the privilege of paying slightly less in costs to the physician or the hospital.


Where would you go?
Since you ask - forget the US, go to Canada.

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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
Hopefully a moderator will move this to the general USA forum as it's not immigration related.

That said, a single hospitalization in the US could quite easily bankrupt you - has happened many time to folks who don't understand that health care is a thriving industry here... and you'll pay several $thousand each month for premiums for the privilege of paying slightly less in costs to the physician or the hospital.



Since you ask - forget the US, go to Canada.

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I would say Australia.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by michelledenham View Post
So, WHATS IT LIKE IN THE USA, FLORIDA????
Hot and humid ...

As far as you will be concerned the US has a 0% NHS 100% private health system.

Health insurance is expensive and even with good health insurance you often still have to pay a percentage of the cost and your annual "out of pocket" medical expenses can easily be several thousand dollars even with the best health plan if you have a hospitalization or other expensive procedure.

Child benefit???

Cost of living varies greatly - some things (gas) are cheaper and some things (auto insurance, healthcare) are (much!) more expensive.

Pay would probably higher that the UK, but company cars are pretty much unheard of in the US.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by michelledenham View Post
So, WHATS IT LIKE IN THE USA, FLORIDA????
You've given no basis to suggest you could live and work in the USA. Question is therefore along the lines of whether you would like to be the king of England or Holland.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

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You've given no basis to suggest you could live and work in the USA. Question is therefore along the lines of whether you would like to be the king of England or Holland.
Yes - so actually the biggest difference between Australia and the US (never mind Perth and Florida) as far as the OP is concerned is that she and her husband (apparently) currently have the right to live and work in Australia but, based on the limited facts provided, they have no right to live and work in the US so they would be well advised to really, really read the REALLY, READ ME: Want to Live & Work in the US? thread before going much further.

In fairness though, it is a bit of a chicken and egg problem - why even bother to research the immigration requirements for a country unless you have at least some idea that you might want to live there ...
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Yes - so actually the biggest difference between Australia and the US (never mind Perth and Florida) as far as the OP is concerned is that she and her husband (apparently) currently have the right to live and work in Australia but, based on the limited facts provided, they have no right to live and work in the US so they would be well advised to really, really read the REALLY, READ ME: Want to Live & Work in the US? thread before going much further.

In fairness though, it is a bit of a chicken and egg problem - why even bother to research the immigration requirements for a country unless you have at least some idea that you might want to live there ...
In a nutshell!
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by michelledenham View Post
We moved to Perth, stayed for 13months, I had another baby and found the Distance thing too hard! Back in UK and hate it. But where too now....
We have PR visas for Australia valid until 2014... We have some frinds there. We know the areas, schools, benefit systems, medical cover, cost of renting and living...
OZ has about a 80%nhs, 20% private health system. I didn't have to pay athing to have my son.. And if one of the kids broke a leg I wouldn't have to pay! The child benefit rate is the same for each child which for 3kids was about $1000 (ozzy dollers) amonth... Cost of living was about the same as in the UK, as some things were cheaper but somethings more expensive. Hubby earned more and got a car with every job he had... Beaches are stunning. Weather was great. Schooling age starts later at 5yrs. They drive on the same side of the road and car insurance was abit cheaper then here!!!! But it's a horrible flight/distance... 20hrs..
So, WHATS IT LIKE IN THE USA, FLORIDA????
All/any help, tips, answers or web-links would be greatly appreciated...
I am looking for nice weather, beaches, slightly slower pace of life, average cost of living, average rentals, good wages, friendly people, not too 'high' crime rates, but most of all A BETTER LIFE FOR US AS A FAMILY & KIDS...
Where would you go?
I think Florida has alligators (someone will correct me if I'm wrong) and Australia has crocodiles.

Seriously, I'd get back to Australia - you have PR - stay long enough to get citizenship (it's called keeping your options open) and then think again.

Any long distance from home is always going to present problems be it 8 hours or 23.

Entering the US isn't easy.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

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Hopefully a moderator will move this to the general USA forum as it's not immigration related.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by michelledenham View Post
All/any help, tips, answers or web-links would be greatly appreciated...
I am looking for nice weather, beaches, slightly slower pace of life, average cost of living, average rentals, good wages, friendly people, not too 'high' crime rates, but most of all A BETTER LIFE FOR US AS A FAMILY & KIDS...
Where would you go?
You read the links regarding a visa to the US? If you're in with a shot, research more, if not, it's a waste of time.

Personally, stick to mainland Europe, you'll get the weather, the beaches, the slower pace of life, decent cost of living, wages, friendly people and low crime rates as well as being closer to the UK...all without any visa issues or healthcare issues.
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

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I think Florida has alligators (someone will correct me if I'm wrong) and Australia has crocodiles.
Florida has crocs too
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Default Re: Perth (oz) to Florida (usa) what's the difference?

Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
Hopefully a moderator will move this to the general USA forum as it's not immigration related.

That said, a single hospitalization in the US could quite easily bankrupt you - has happened many time to folks who don't understand that health care is a thriving industry here... and you'll pay several $thousand each month for premiums for the privilege of paying slightly less in costs to the physician or the hospital.



Since you ask - forget the US, go to Canada.

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Several thousand dollars a month? Maybe a few hundred but I doubt that several thousand is normal.

Canada? Great choice but hardly what the OP is looking for in terms of nice weather and beaches.
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Several thousand dollars a month? Maybe a few hundred but I doubt that several thousand is normal.
Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but not that far off the mark for decent family plans, once you factor in what the employer is contributing on top...
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Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but not that far off the mark for decent family plans, once you factor in what the employer is contributing on top...
Our plan cost Dh's employer nearly $22,000 a year just for our family plan, best cover we've ever had in our life.
We only found that out recently when there was talk of being taxed on the value of the plan given to you by employers a while back.
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Florida has crocs too
I'd best point out too that Florida also is home to the fearsome Headless Zombie Titchski Eating snakes.

Luckily, they haven't been about lately, but I know they're there, patiently waiting for me to let my guard down. this will not happen.


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