The Money Traps in U.S. Health Care – NYTimes.com

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.

End of life savings will likely disappoint | The Incidental Economist

December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

End of life savings will likely disappoint | The Incidental Economist.

What are the numbers in Canada

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

The health spending 1 percent: Healthcare fact of the week « The Enterprise Blog.

In addition to money, I would assume that the ability to advocate for yourself would also be an important factor.

And an apertif

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.

Daily chart: newborn deaths.

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Economist — Daily chart: newborn deaths.�The number of deaths….

Everyone needs a good villain

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?

You won’t have to move to Canada.

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.

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