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Missouri Valley Trust Building   (circa 1859)
402 Felix Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64501

A National Historic Landmark, this stone and brick building was the oldest building west of the Mississippi to be continuously used for banking purposes. Features include cast iron pillars, ornate carved oak woodwork, historic teller cages, and a vault reinforced with railroad rails.

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Hey INTJMom!!!One thing to note about the article you sent me: It's not a copinamlt about socialized medicine in principle -- it's merely saying that the British system was more efficient than the French system in 2004. It also talks about how the French were looking at a comprehensive medical record database system to eliminate some redundant treatments.The article may well be accurate on the point about creating a database. Note the article isn't current. In the past few years, I had a "Carte Vitale" which was used to track my treatment/payment records, so the biggest copinamlt -- wasteful redundant tests -- has apparently already been taken care of.The key point to note, though, is that the article doesn't compare the costs of the French system to the costs of the American system. The American system is far more costly and far less efficient overall, which is one of the main reasons people are looking to revamp it. (I don't have a link handy -- this is common enough knowledge that you can just Google for it.)Regarding their little anecdote about the doctor who makes house calls hanging around for a drink on time he's billing to the state: That smacks of the usual conservative "welfare queens in Cadillacs" type of rumor/scare tactic. Read (or any post of the increasing number of ordinary working families in the U.S. who currently have no health care for their kids) for the other side of the coin. When I was in France, we had several instances where one of our kids had an accident or fell sick, and it was fantastic to know that we could call and have a doctor come to our house to make sure our kids were okay. Every doctor who treated our kids in France was highly competent and professional. And having these problems taken care of right away in one simple visit ends up saving in the long run since people don't end up waiting until a health problem worsens to the critical point before seeking treatment. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Really, I think it's revolting that people would be arguing that it's okay for families to have nowhere to turn when their kids get hurt or sick just because someone claims they heard there exists an incompetent doctor somewhere in France. So the thought that kids in working-poor families should go without pediatric well-child checkups and needed vaccines doesn't bother your commenter, but s/he is full of righteous indignation over a rumor that somebody out there might be playing the system? Talk about messed-up priorities! Imagine if the money for GWB's illegal war had instead been used to guarantee basic pediatric care for every kid in the country. One can hardly argue that it would encourage indigence or something since kids aren't normally expected to get a job...
Rahmat at at 04:18AM, 2015/11/23.

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St. Joseph Area Attractions

Pony Express Museum
Missouri Arboretum
Duncan Carriages
Jesse James Home
River Bluffs Regional Library
Patee House Museum
St. Joseph Museum, The
Robidoux Row Museum
First Street Trolley
Society Of Memories Doll Museum


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