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25 April 2022

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Scott O

I don't even have to read the report. The single biggest savings to our health care 'system' is every individual having a healthy diet and lifestyle.
There are no excuses for Americans to not do vastly better than they do at present to take care of their own health and to take responsibility for informing themselves and following through with self control and discipline.
But of course we love to blame others so it's a non-starter.
The next biggest problem is no matter how healthy you are all your life, in the end your body will go wrong in some way that just might be a sudden fatality event but most often is a long term 24/7 care situation.
Check out the stats on Alzheimers.
Since civilized people reject the idea (rightly so) of survival of the fittest, we find our genetic pool to be increasingly filled with more and more health problems. People with poor eyesight (I raise my hand) are allowed through technology to thrive and propagate even more people with poor eyesight.
Women dying in childbirth (often taking their child with them) used to weed out the problem to a certain extent. Cesareans are costly and increasingly common. Who would deny them? No one I know.
So - we are apparently stuck with doing nothing more than working around the edges at reducing health care costs. And it makes jolly good fun to turn it into a political issue, so let the games continue.
I applaud George for bringing up the subject and certainly we can do better than we are, but this 'problem' is just too big a money pot for so many folks and far too good a tool for politicians to let go of.
Good luck.

scenes

Twitter Thread:

"NEW: for the last few weeks I’ve been digging into how the huge pressures on the NHS — both immediate and longer-term — are increasingly forcing Britons to go private."

https://twitter.com/jburnmurdoch/status/1519706451912142849


added: Personally I don't have much of a dog in the fight. Big industry. Complicated. It could simply be that we are hitting the limits of human ability to construct complex systems combined with decreasing value on the margins as we find new ways to keep people alive for another two months.

scenes

Scotto: " but this 'problem' is just too big a money pot for so many folks and far too good a tool for politicians to let go of."

Plus there's the problem of fixing the jet while it's in the air.

" in the end your body will go wrong in some way that just might be a sudden fatality event but most often is a long term 24/7 care situation."

I must say I'm damned sick of people who fight against physician-assisted suicide, especially with theological arguments. You'd think (you'd think) that my body is the one thing I actually have control over. Evidently not.

Don Bessee

So at the same time brits are being forced to go to private med care the national health is doing shit like this -

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/04/29/birthing-person-midwife-students-taught-how-to-deliver-babies-through-male-genitalia/

;-)

scenes

re: DonB@12:58PM

lol. sweet.

"It also inserted a section explaining that female to male transgender patients may have to give birth through an artificially constructed “penis”."

It would have been fun to explain the normalization of mental illness to my dear departed parents. The folly of humanity is endless.

Next up will be the surgical conversion of people into plush animals.

It seems to me that a lot of the expense of medicine isn't Crazytown but is institutional cruft. For the sake of argument, let's say you need an out-of-town procedure/test since a county of 100k can't support all the myriad medical specialties.

. Drive to Mercy San Juan for 10 minute pre-procedure appointment. Naturally, BP and O2 is measured.
. Drive to Mercy San Juan for COVID test since it isn't kosher to do it elsewhere.
. Drive to Mercy San Juan for procedure.
. Drive to Mercy San Juan for 10 minute post-procedure appointment. Naturally, BP and O2 is measured.

You can assume that most appointments are 1-2 hours late.

Would it be better if Costco or Amazon ran the world? Dunno. Would there be a significant change in all-causes mortality if a lot of this went away? Dunno. Can it be crazy-making? This is a thing I know.

Scott O

scenes 10:51 - "I must say I'm damned sick of people who fight against physician-assisted suicide, especially with theological arguments."
Careful, careful - there are other 'arguments' involved.
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-is-canada-euthanising-the-poor-
The govt may claim to care about you but once you start costing them money...

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