Driving down healthcare costs: could a solution really be this simple?

The median cost of healthcare as a percentage of GDP for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the UK is 9.1%.

In the United States it’s 75% higher, at 16%. No wonder so many are concerned about the cost of healthcare in the United States. Continue reading

Phenomenal experiences of technology

In “Feelings and phenomenal experiences” by Schwarz and Clore, in Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles, they discuss the role of feelings in social behavior. They especially consider “feelings as a source of information.” They profile the literature concerning bodily experiences (e.g. hunger, pain, arousal), emotions (with a referent), moods (lacking a referent), “cognitive experiences” (e.g. surprise, boredom), “fluency” (including “processing fluency,” “perceptual fluency,” and “conceptual fluency,” none of which I have the time or space to explain). Continue reading

Review of “Pathologies of Power” by Paul Farmer

In Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, Paul Farmer combines his experiences as a physician and anthropologist in the Third World to bring forth evidence and analysis of poverty.  While primarily focused on health, and profiling the effects of Tuberculosis, AIDS and other diseases on particular locales, his experience in treating patients beaten by members of military dictatorships and those who experience malnourishment point to deeply social health problems.  As he quickly demonstrates, military attacks on civilians and AIDS are equally socially determined problems. Continue reading