The 99%:

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda defines the key qualities of standout innovators  a willingness to struggle, to make mistakes, to live with ambiguity.

Or, in other words, the opposite of a typical healthcare type. The 99% continues, “Perhaps confronting the status quo, killing bureaucracy, and leading change can be its own art form.”

Number Needed to Treat + Hospital Compare = ?

The NNT (Number Needed to Treat). Example given, aspirin given immediately for a major heart attack receives a green light:

In Summary, for those who take the aspirin:

  • 97.7% will see no benefit
  • 2.3% will be helped by being saved from death
  • 1.1% will be harmed by a minor bleeding event

In Other Words:

  • 1 in 42 will be helped (life saved)
  • 1 in 167 will be harmed (non-dangerous bleeding)

Mash this up with Hospital Compare and we might have a quality website patients would actually be interested in.

Meineke Personal Pricing. How would this work in healthcare?

Your Meineke Service Advisor and Service Technician will perform a complete inspection of your brake system and explain to you what is required to repair your system to a safe operating condition, and what is suggested to extend the life, enhance the system, or what repair parts might possibly need attention in the near future. They will also discuss our standard packages and explain how your system repairs can be accomplished. If one of our Basic, Preferred or Supreme packages does not work for you, the Meineke Service Advisor will work with you to find a solution to get you safely back on the road within your budget. If after exploring all of the options available that are required to repair your system to a safe operating condition, we are not able to meet your budget and you are not able to accept the cost for the required service, we will have to respectfully decline to perform any service on your brake system. Our goal is to work with you to find solutions that keep you on the road and keep your vehicle operating safely.

Hospital price raises to inelastic demanders or lunch in the cafeteria

Tyler Cowen writes:

I would be interested to know more about the insurance reimbursement rates for hospital food, but at the very least I suspect there is no higher reimbursement allowed for higher quality.  Combine third party payment with a flat price for rising quality and see what you get.  Furthermore, low quality food is another way the hospital raises its prices to inelastic demanders, again circumventing relatively sticky reimbursement rates from the third party financiers.  It’s one sign that the net pressures are still in inflationary directions.

There are several other answers and the question is “Why is hospital cafeteria food so poor from a nutritional point of view? Fried chicken, preservative-filled cold cuts, cheese everywhere, etc. Keep in mind I am not talking about the food served patients who may have appetite problems. It is food they serve everyone else including doctors and nurses, many of whom know better.”

On a related note, here is what machine separated chicken (e.g., pre-chicken nuggets) looks like…