Sometimes we may wonder how others outside the US look at our broken system and this about sums it up with some real life experience. I’m sure the singer is helping his body guard out if he needs it, but Bieber was apparently making the observation that if they had not been on the road in the US traveling and were at home in Canada, that his body guard’s early birth, which I am guessing occurred here in the US, would have not cost any money.
Obviously when traveling to different parts of the world when one is a celebrity this kind of stuff may go along with the territory, but he’s just basically making a true statement here in the fact that if they had been in Canada, the delivery bills for the premature birth would not have been generated. Yet this situation with healthcare still continues in the US with our broken system where the “for profit” folks seem to put algorithmic cost and risk formulas above over all care and we have lost the balance. I agree we need analytics in healthcare, and they need to be used intelligently with good decision making processes and unfortunately we have a Congress and others in key positions that don’t go much further than looking at a spreadsheet for their decisions it seems.
We don’t even seem to have any qualified judges today that can embrace the world of technology and the impact it has on legal decisions and sometimes I swear there are those around us with secret stockpiles of 8 track tapes <grin>.
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I think what Justin Bieber was relating too was more along the lines of the post below to where it’s all about the data game and not the human game when it comes to data and care. This has been going on for quite some time with data being generated, accurate and non accurate and tossed into a patient’s face and said we have our data now prove your case, or “health” as it is, so in fact we are not all evil in the US but they live amongst us and those rogue algorithms run wild, look at Wall Street for additional examples. BD
High Frequency Electronic Trading Methodologies And Algorithms Work Their Way Into Healthcare With Human Bodies Losing Liquidity With the “Data Game”
Asked if he wanted to become an American citizen, Bieber made clear his love for Canada -- and its health care system."
You guys are evil," he told the magazine, out on February 18th. "Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."