Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Michael Moore goes on an excellent rant about the US health system and shifting ideology in the US over the last few decades.

Rousing rhetoric at the 8min mark in part one.

My friend N, a New Zealander who last year started working as an academic in Cleveland, went to the doctor for the first time there recently. She was given several sheets of paper and told to write down a list of the medications she was currently on. When she gave it back saying that she wasn't on any medication (she's only 31 years old, not a geriatric in a retirement home) they very sternly accused her of lying. When she finally convinced them that she was telling them the truth they said that she was extraordinary. In that case I'm extraordinary too, in fact most people I know must be extraordinary! WTF? Is it considered normal in the US for 31 yr olds to be constantly medicated and chronically sick?

Would I become sick like normal Americans if I ending up working in the US? I don't want to be sick and take pills! And when/if I did get sick, what if my insurance company wouldn't pay for the treatment? It's something to seriously consider.


At 7:16 pm, Blogger Patrick said...

Moore's dead right about US Healthcare financing, but Nationalized Healthcore is not the answer. Think about it from a game design perspective, you need to provide incentives in order for optimal patterns (i.e. the best managed care, the best physicians in practice) to emerge, and that requires a positive sum, system. Currently, it seems, we have a negative sum system, but Nationalized Healthcare is only zero sum. We can do better.

Btw, I came down with a chronic illness when I was 20; too many drugs and fast food!

That wasn't a joke, by the way.

Been eating better since then and exercising more and all that, so its improved over the past year and a half.

At 9:23 pm, Blogger Kipper said...

I see your angle, but with my game designer hat on the first thing that strikes me is the playtesting results: the most resource-efficient systems (probably in large part due to minimising the competitive duplication of research, services, specialised equipment etc) with the best outcomes have been state-run and non-profit based.

This suggests that incentives don't have to be decentralised via a market system, and that they can be more multifaceted than simple competitive remuneration.

Sorry to hear about your illness. It doesn't seem to have stolen your thunder much though has it, which is great to see :)


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