Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Myth #3: other country’s universal healthcare systems require bloated bureaucracies.  This first of two related myths, as summed up by TR Reid, has it that the universal healthcare systems of other wealthy countries are run by bloated bureaucracies. This is simply not true. Every other system Reid cited is less wasteful than ours. This is true whether they are public or private systems. Our for-profit setup has the highest administrative costs in the world. This is a major reason we spend more on healthcare and…

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Cosmology … Part 5

Cosmology … Part 5

Some of the cosmologies of the past … Stephen Friberg, Aug 21, 2016 … On the first day of my talk talk on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith at the San Jose Baha’i Center (“Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It“), I will review some of the fascinating cosmologies of the past. No era or culture, of course, can be characterized as having a fixed single cosmology and usually there are multiple competing worldviews….

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Cosmology … Part 4

Cosmology … Part 4

Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It Stephen Friberg, Aug 14, 2016 … The title of a series of talks on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith that I will be giving at the San Jose Baha’i Center is “Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It.” The goal is ambitious – to probe the roots of modern materialism and to find a work-around away from the problems caused by…

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Cosmology and all that … part 3

Cosmology and all that … part 3

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology – Part 3 Stephen Friberg, Aug 8, 2016 … I’ll be giving a series of talks on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith at the San Jose Baha’i Center on Sunday, Sept. 11th, Sunday, Sept. 18th, and Sunday Sept. 25th. It is the adult class, and typically 12 or so people are there.  We have good discussions! The title will be “Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It“.  Part 1 will…

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Cosmology – and all that … part 2

Cosmology – and all that … part 2

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology – Part 2 Stephen Friberg, July 22, 2016 For a paper I’m writing on Baha’i cosmology – an attempt to look at what a post-secular cosmology for the modern world might look like  – I’ve been reading a lot of books on the topic. A book by Leonard Mlodinow – a Caltech physicist turned writer – illustrates something I’ve been seeing again and again. The book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in…

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Cosmology – and all that

Cosmology – and all that

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology Stephen Friberg, July 22, 2016 I’m writing a paper on Baha’i cosmology – the relationship between the structure of the physical universe and spiritual reality as described in the Baha’i writings – and reading a lot of different books on cosmological topics. Here, I will be sharing some of my thoughts on those books and topics. Cosmology – or at least modern cosmology – is a funny kind of animal. It is based on physics and…

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Health 101: Myth and Waiting

Health 101: Myth and Waiting

Here’s the big scary idea: Care in countries with universal health coverage is rationed with waiting lists and limited choice. Yes, this is a real problem in some countries … including the US. I’ve had to wait for appointments simply because I couldn’t afford the out of pocket expenses or the copay. I’ve considered not renewing a prescription for a medicine I need because of our financial situation at the time. (That’s not rationing?) True, patients in Britain and Canada…

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Health 101: Myth and Socialized Medicine

Health 101: Myth and Socialized Medicine

I’d like to talk about mythology. Not Greek mythology or Norse mythology, but American Healthcare mythology. In his book, The Healing of America, TR Reid listed a number of healthcare myths he had busted in the course of researching his book. Some of these I knew about (because I have friends who are living or have lived in countries with universal healthcare) and some I didn’t. Myth #1: “Universal healthcare is socialized medicine!” (sound of game show buzzer) Wrong. Apparently even Michael Moore got this…

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