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post #273 of Old 09-13-2012
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

I haven't read the entire thread, but I can sum my answer to the OP question up in 2 words;

Health Insurance

If it were not for this insidious ongoing expense, my wife and I would be out there NOW.

Back in the '60's and '70s access to health services was more of a right than a business. Today, it seems that the opposite is true. Doctors were well paid back then, but insurance companies were not multi-billion dollar per year corporations. On the other hand, I recognize that many of the expensive procedures that are commonplace today were not available. Still, back in the day, the total cost of a visit to a Doctor is currently charged as a Co-pay.
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