How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally
- "The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror
. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity
." [full report
(pdf)] [more inside]
Remove the scourge of conflict
- "Taming mass violence is the theme of the World Bank's latest World Development Report
, which focuses on 'conflict, security and development' [pdf
] ... Mass violence destroys all hopes of progress. We should make a huge effort to eliminate this scourge.
It seems feasible. It is desirable. So try."
"Supposedly the still life
came to the fore when religion and the state
became replaced by the middle class. Do you know when that was. The world began to be run by people who just wanted a lot of shit.
And would go anywhere to get it. The Dutch who invented our own dear New York and this is why it is this way
—full of people who want stuff
—they were the stars of this moment
, collecting shit from around the world and putting big piles of it on shelves, in boats, taking it somewhere else. And making paintings of it. And really this moment never ended.
They would paint marketplaces, and the thing that's funny is that if you were a painter and you weren't being paid to paint someone rich you would just probably paint some stuff and sell it in the market and so the place where all this was happening of course got painted too—it's dizzying
." (via dd
Health care around the world
: The state has had success over 35 years of requiring employers to provide health care benefits.
: Its health care is first class, cheap and market-driven.
: "more than 80 percent of the population is happy with the system"
: "300 million people have no coverage at all"
: "America is going to go Dutch"
: "I just wanted to flag for colleagues that their bosses should be careful using the talking point that under the Dem bill, Americans who don't like the coverage they have, will be able to choose something else... more than 90 percent of Americans will remain barred from shopping for insurance in the exchange."
Make way for the Mormons :)
Reports of religions' demise have been greatly exaggerated. The Economist reports, "[w]ithin four decades, one in 20 Americans may be a Mormon and there may be 50m or more worldwide. How will outsiders react to the next world religion?" Minivans, trampolines and canned food, hooray!
Percent of World Military Spending.
The US and its allies dwarf the rest of
the world in what it spends on defense. On the one hand I see the need to
bring overwhelming force in a conflict and I think just having it is in
itself stabilizing. But I can also see money and resources put to better
use elsewhere (e.g. healthcare, education, basic research) the effects of
which I think might even do more to affect global peace and prosperity than
any loss that may obtain from a reduced defense budget.
(other Thoughts of the Fortnight
by J. Bradford DeLong including this draft
he presented with Larry Summers! at the Fed symposium in Jackson Hole :)