Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

During the 1990s, an anti-immigration ballot initiative in California (United States) included a requirement that hospitals report undocumented immigrant patients to a government agency. Voters passed the initiative, but as far as I know a judge blocked enforcement of the hospital reporting requirement. The damage may have been done, though.  Trust isn’t always easy to restore. Every person should be able to get healthcare without intimidation.  There are exceptions, though.  In California, certain types of illnesses and injuries must be reported, and there are valid debates on whether more harm or less is caused when treatment for a sexually transmitted … Continue reading Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

Theresa May’s secretive plans to replace NHS in England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

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UPDATE: We now have no less than Professor Stephen Hawking expressing public concern about the threat to the NHS by Kaiser Permanente – see here. Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California. But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need. This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare… Continue reading Theresa May’s secretive plans to replace NHS in England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

NHS England: Selling Hospital Property and Shuffling the Results

Recently, I’ve posted a few items about the tragedy of National Health Service (NHS) England budget cuts. Although the posts were well researched and I stand by them, there’s one more aspect of the way this system is managed that is threatening public health. The public health sector is selling property and downsizing.  Of course, there’s always the public relations spin that patients will not suffer because the system will operate more efficiently.  Maybe an illustration of Alice (of Alice in Wonderland fame) should accompany press releases. Please consider reading this article, which appeared on The Guardian’s site about eleven months ago.  It describes … Continue reading NHS England: Selling Hospital Property and Shuffling the Results

Always Dignified (Ironic Statement of the Day)

If any Americans are still excited that the United States is a superpower — and it’s a sure thing some of us still feel proud of that — just remember that our tabloid-grade spectacles are even more conspicuous than the scandals in other countries. The world is watching. Warning: The post in this link contains explicit language.  You are familiar with the four letter T word, aren’t you? http://www.joemygod.com/2018/05/04/stormy-daniels-calls-rosanne-barr-an-ignorant-twat/ Continue reading Always Dignified (Ironic Statement of the Day)

Support Print Media!

Most of us don’t read as many print periodicals as we used to.  Quite a bit is available on the internet, and depending on the magazine or newspaper we might even subscribe to full electronic access without having hard copies delivered to our door. There’s a sticking point, though.  Advertisers don’t always get results from the internet, and publishers depend on paid advertising. Some people insist that phasing out print editions will conserve paper.  I don’t have statistics within reach, but the claim that computers save trees is debatable.  Online shopping is the reason many of us receive cardboard boxes … Continue reading Support Print Media!

The Fake News Industry is Bigger Than We Think

Most of us think we know what motivates fake news.  We may assume it’s a method of carrying out a newspaper publisher’s or broadcast company’s agenda.  However, it can also be false information that news outlets get from liars, which those news outlets subsequently report in good faith. You can probably think of other examples.  There’s one thing we aren’t likely to think of, though, which is why we should get our information from different sources and seek good commentators. This morning, I began reading a special issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, dedicated to the history of fake news.  I bought the magazine … Continue reading The Fake News Industry is Bigger Than We Think