Rashi Fein, an influential economist who strove to bring ethical and humanitarian perspectives to the nation’s health care system and helped lay the intellectual groundwork for Medicare in the 1960s, died on Monday in Boston. He was 88.
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When Dr. Fein began working on health issues as a young aide in the administration of Harry S. Truman, health care accounted for about 3 percent of the American economy. By the time he weighed in as a respected elder in the field during the debate over President Obama’s health care proposals, the expenditures had risen to 18 percent, an amount roughly equal to the economy of France.
via Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88 – NYTimes.com.
Here’s another quotation from the article:
Dr. Fein regarded both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act as important steps toward the overriding goal of helping “the people who have the least,” Dr. Emanuel said. In his 1986 book, “Medical Care, Medical Costs: The Search for a Health Insurance Policy,” Dr. Fein wrote, “Decent people — and we are decent people — are offended by unnecessary pain and suffering; that is, by pain and suffering for which there is a treatment and for which some (who are affluent) are treated.”
Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.
via Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground – NYTimes.com.
This article offers balanced information on the question of whether doctors should be reimbursed for discussing end-of-life directives with patients. These discussions not only help doctors fulfill patients’ wishes but also relieve families of having to make crucial medical decisions in emotional, stressful situations.
Some private insurers already cover the cost of end-of-life discussions, so it’s important to check your coverage if you have supplemental insurance.
Memories are memories of memories.
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Seán Haldane, Canadian psychotherapist turned novelist with the recent publication of his crime novel The Devil’s Making.
Handwriting is like making love; typing, like having sex. It’s essentially the same enjoyable activity, but the approach is slightly different.
via Are You a Handwriter or a Typer? | boy with a hat.
Random blog quotation.
To be sure, “millennials are on the radar,” said Robyn Motley, senior vice president and general manager of AARP Media, “but we make a strong argument” to marketers “that you need to focus on the boomers because that’s where the money is.”
via Go Where the Money Is, AARP Tells Marketers – NYTimes.com.