Health care costs are path dependant; you can't just hit the reset button and decide we'd rather do it West Germany's way.
The unease was widespread in West Germany, and it had several sources.
“For a while, the only manifestations of change were people defecting to West Germany,” says Park.
Note: West Germany was a member of NATO.
Note: Established in 1949, after dissension between the United States and the Soviet Union led to the division of Germany into East Germany and West Germany, it was formed out of the states included in the American, French, and British occupation zones.
Note: The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
Note: It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
Note: With the collapse of communism, West Germany absorbed East Germany. Berlin became the capital of the united Germany.