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Comment on: End-of-life care for cancer patients varies widely at Boston-area hospitals - Health & wellness - The Boston Globe
Posted 09/05/2013 09:53:22 EDT
Please allow me to paraphrase Ian Morrison's story of the transcendent cultural views towards death. --------------------------- "When I grew up in Scotland, I learned from my family and community th more »
Comment on: Cape Cod Hospital, a magnet for summer emergency visits, also draws big donors - Business - The Boston Globe
Posted 08/28/2013 12:29:07 EDT
The full cost of graduate medical education (3 to 5 years of residency training at an accredited Teaching Hospital) has been society's investment in America's future doctor supply. The full cost (all more »
Comment on: Massachusetts cities and towns risk a Detroit-like meltdown by making too many promises - Editorials - The Boston Globe
Posted 08/25/2013 12:11:27 EDT
The upstream source of this public employee unfunded pension and retiree healthcare liability is our current election laws permitting endless reelections. The "committee to reelect" functions as soci more »
Comment on: Dreams deferred, denied by crushing student debt - Business - The Boston Globe
Posted 08/25/2013 11:20:01 EDT
This crisis of default on college loan repayment is the blame of the Higher Education Industrial complex including the banking partners. They lobbied their way to obscenely high costs and high sala more »
Comment on: Even as the economy improves, colleges lower the ambition of their financial aid programs - Boston.com
Posted 08/25/2013 09:58:51 EDT
The higher education industrial complex has lobbied (bribed and extorted) our elected officials to get the student loan engine running in high gear. Now three decades later higher education costs are more »
Comment on: Despite long hospital stays, some patients never âadmittedâ, leaving them with huge bills - Boston.com
Posted 08/25/2013 08:37:52 EDT
After a very long debate that healthcare ratoning is immoral, fear based rationing has arrived. Hospital Fear of a future multimillion dollar Medicare penality is driving this risk avoidance behavior. more »
Comment on: Ticksâ stealth and human nature hamper Lyme-disease prevention - Metro - The Boston Globe
Posted 07/14/2013 09:40:00 EDT
Culling the deer population is the first priority
Comment on: UMass president Caret seeks to grade university system - Metro - The Boston Globe
Posted 07/08/2013 09:40:43 EDT
Ever escellating cost of higher education is paralyzingly social mobility.
Student loan default, structural unemployment and incarceration rates may be better measures of institional effectiveness.
Comment on: New coalition launching to campaign for higher health insurance payments for community and safety net hospitals in Massachusetts - Business - The Boston Globe
Posted 05/30/2013 07:54:56 EDT
Great projection of core values, excellent points that resonate well with the fairness ethos but perhaps too much safety net money flowing to the investors and not enough to the poor patients needing more »
Comment on: Freshman lawmakers are introduced to the permanent hunt for campaign money - Boston.com
Posted 05/12/2013 10:36:52 EDT
"What are they doing to change the equation? It seems the influential ones are just feeding into it."
More to the point what are we giong to do about it?
See sencha's comment below.
Posted 05/12/2013 10:18:29 EDT
One of democracyâs greatest corrupting forces is the promise of reelection. Most of us have met or personally know some of very best citizens who have aspired to elected office for all the virtuous more »
Comment on: Presidentâs exit stirs fears on hospitalâs fate - Business - The Boston Globe
Posted 04/19/2012 06:53:24 EDT
Sad time for the leadership of Carney Hospital. more »
Comment on: Many lack financial assets at death - Business - The Boston Globe
Posted 02/28/2012 10:34:07 EST
We should read the study to see if the research revealed the motives for those elders who quickly spent down their assets or agreed to convey to their family their remaining net worth. Advising and ar more »
Comment on: 'The robot that makes house calls'
Posted 12/12/2011 07:59:39 EST
The applications in not only acute care hospital discharge planning but also disability and chronic care at home are big. Seems to be a break through for tele-medicine and a giant step for patient saf more »
Comment on: 'Former attorney general Scott Harshbarger goes to bat for ex-Chelsea housing chief'
Posted 11/12/2011 07:37:59 EST
This former State's AG presided over the abrupt and somewhat mysterious change of ownership of Saint Vincent Medical Center. One hundred plus years of local governance and community ownership gone in more »
Comment on: 'Steward snatches 150 doctors affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess physicians group'
Posted 11/10/2011 11:41:24 EST
The central moral question and "elephant in the room" is what system "investor owned versus public charity" is best suited to care for the most vulnerable among us? Over one hundred years ago this was more »
Comment on: 'Beverly Beckham: I was the sun, the kids were my planets'
Posted 08/18/2011 09:45:36 EDT
From The Prophet: see page 17, "speak to us of children..."A good read for this tender time. more »
Comment on: 'Medicare cuts may fall hard on Boston teaching hospitals'
Posted 07/10/2011 08:41:01 EDT
Academic Medical Centers have had it too good for too long. The guilded age of academic medical centers is rapid slipping away. Teaching hospitals now Extract over $350,000 each year from the Medicare more »
Comment on: 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness'
Posted 07/03/2011 07:44:36 EDT
Expected some acknowledgement that drafts of the Declaration of Independence used the phrase "...pursuit of property" to express the English aspiration toward contracts and land ownership. Does the dr more »
Comment on: 'Three Harvard psychiatrists are sanctioned over consulting fees'
Posted 07/02/2011 07:34:17 EDT
What a disgusting example to the early career physicians struggling to establish their clinican direction and clarify their ethical boundaries. more »
Comment on: 'Some hospitals back price curbs, others see shift to lower costs'
Posted 06/29/2011 08:19:31 EDT
How can there be a true market for a broad array of what we casually call health care? Can a free market really govern services and technology that extend a person's life? When access to appropriate a more »
Comment on: 'Health board pay ban could affect charities'
Posted 06/10/2011 08:51:20 EDT
Cash compensation is not the only personal benefit that not-for-profit governing body members derive from their board membership. Under the heading of trustee development, many if not most charities ' more »
Comment on: Weâre targeting wrong culprits on health costs - The Boston Globe
Posted 05/16/2011 11:42:15 EDT
The basic list price per health care service is a relatively minor contributor to the health care cost escalation problem. Your health plan pays a deeply discounted fee to the hospital of doctor's off more »
Comment on: 'Providers, insurers are warned on fees'
Posted 05/14/2011 01:36:18 EDT
The negotiated price or even basic list price per health care service is a relatively minor contributor to the health care cost escalation problem. The real driver is rapidly growing demand among more more »
Comment on: These nonprofits have obligation to show restraint - The Boston Globe
Posted 03/08/2011 10:02:35 EST
The revelations regarding executive and board member compensation reveal that the BCBSofMA board of directors willfully ignore the traditions of social responsibility, discount their obligations to th more »
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