January 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
The Money Traps in U.S. Health Care – NYTimes.com. This is a not unexpected comparison of health costs by country.
What’s important is the lost opportunity costs that mean health care dollars could be spent in other, more productive, ways.
December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
In addition to money, I would assume that the ability to advocate for yourself would also be an important factor.
October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
The BBC has an opinion piece on alcohol consumption in “alcohol ambivalent” cultures (England, Scandinavia, U. S. and Canada. Alcohol does not lead to violence, loss of inhibitions, etc. – those are cultural constructs. Many Southern European and Latin cultures do not have any of the alcohol associated problems. Worth a think.
September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
In defense of Canada is yet another rehash of health care comparisons between Canada and the U. S. It was nice to find out that we Canadians are choosing to control costs rather than being forced. The idea I truly had not thought of was the vital role the U. S. plays in Canadian Medicare policy debate – as the bad example we want to avoid. Does that also mean we become too afraid to ask for change?
May 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Vermont’s Single-Payer Health Care Bill Moves Ahead – NYTimes.com. There is no question that single payer medicare significantly lowers the overall cost of health care. On the other hand, it leads to some distortions and waiting times. Universal medicare is much more convenient for doctors because of the decreased administrative costs. Universal medicare may also decrease the overall amount of innovation in health care (although this may be a dubious proposition). What often happens in Canada is that citizens will be enrolled in a “top up” medical care insurance – usually having to do with getting single rooms in hospitals, coverage of special services like massages and counseling. But, bottom line, providing medicare at the state or region level makes it so much more effective: citizens feel like that have much more control and different plans in different states set up a form of competition. The federal government, if it is involved, can provide funding to equalize what’s available across the nation. The feds may also be involved in setting national standards.