Hits and Misses

One of Uber’s co-founders to launch on-demand doctor services.

Health Wonk Review is up.

Uwe Reinhardt: We are too corrupt to have a single payer system.

Psychiatrists: most realistic movie psychopath is Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men); least realistic is Norman Bates, followed by Hannibal Lector.

I now understand net neutrality; court ruled the right way.

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  1. Andrew says:

    “…creating a new company that will send doctors on on-demand house calls.”

    So an Uber-like service except with health care. This could get interesting.

    • Thomas says:

      I wonder how much you are going to have to pay for their commute? I imagine lots of fees for this kind of service. They have to have some strong incentive for this.

  2. Wally says:

    “If the patient needs more care after the home visit, the doctor will send them to the emergency room.”

    They should do the next step and have the Doctor drop off the prescription.

  3. Trent says:

    This sounds like the name of a TV Show

  4. Lucas says:

    “I always assumed being a temp was tough. But Workers’ Comp Insider makes us aware of the high risks temps face, including a heightened likelihood of death during the first day on the job!”

    Oh well thats not so great…

  5. Jay says:

    The most realistic psychopath in movies carries around a compressed air tank and has a dutch boy hair cut. Sounds about right.

  6. Connor says:

    “Still, Reinhardt’s argument is a reminder that the simple fact that a policy worked in another country does not mean it will work in this country.”

    This part is definitely true.

  7. Matthew says:

    “Some believe that if you use more data, you should pay for it — in the same way that your utility company charges you for using more water or more electricity.”

    ISPs are now going to have the chance to make a fortune off their customers. Expect bills to skyrocket.

    • Andrew says:

      Maybe this is all a conspiracy by the powers that are threatened by the over take of entertainment from products like Netflix and Hulu.

  8. John R. Graham says:

    Uwe Reinhardt:

    I am not sure I understand what he means when he states that “the kind of lobbying” we have in the US is illegal in Taiwan or Canada.

    Canada is a free country and, therefore, lobbying exists. Hospitals, nurses, physicians, et cetera lobby like crazy. With respect to political donations, Canadian politicians have (like American politicians via McCain-Feingold, etc.) successfully limited the people’s ability to interfere in politics.

    In Canada, the most important interest group is organized labor, which controls the hospitals. Outside the auto industry and some manufacturing, private-sector unionization has collapsed in Canada as it has in the U.S. So, government-worker unions have to protect the single-payer system because it effectively turns the hospitals into branches of the government, with unionized jobs.

    That is the key to single payer in Canada, not government-dictated prices, as Ezra Klein asserts.