Thursday, December 08, 2005

My soccer, swimming workout logs are being updated as I continue with the workouts

After a layoff of about a month I actually managed to practice both swimming and soccer today. The pages that contain the logs of my workouts are being updated as I work out. These pages can be found at:

clearing the browser cache really does solve log in problems at

Had some trouble getting this post up because I could get into edit posts to change past posts but could not get into create posts to create a new post--I would get a login page and the login would not work.

I tried alot of stuff help suggested but did not try clearing the cache. I wrote to and got an email that contained a link to a page that said, "clear your cache...REALLY!". Seems can read our minds, we think clearing the cache would work for the lower fellows not for us, we do not like to clear our cache because we know about all the cool software that processes the stuff in our cache. But clearing the cache did work for me, after I cleared the cache I could no longer get into the edit blogs page to make changes there without logging in, but I was able to log in and create a new post.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

What produces a "quality" national health care system

We keep hearing about how Canada is ranked number 30 in the world in health care, whereas the USA is ranked number 37 in the world, this based on a ranking of the nations done by the WHO in 2000. Yet in 2003 the London School of Hygeine did its own ranking, looking not at Disability Adjusted Life Expectancy which is one of the ways the WHO ranked the nations, but instead focusing according to its authors more closely than WHO on disease and death amenable to health care interventions. THus the London School came up with different rankings the two main rankings produced by WHO in 2000, one of which was a ranking based on Dale and the other of which was a ranking estimating overall health system quality in the various nations.

The London School study shows that the more public sector spending a nation engages in per capita, the better the health system in the nation. This is understandable because the public health sector spending is targetted to produce the kinds of results that are rated favorably in the most sophisticated national health system ranking systems.

The overlooked complexity in the ranking systems, is that a given national health care system's ranking realistically speaking, changes depending upon which economic class in society's point of view you take.

There is a class that can afford health care without using health insurance. There is a class that can afford the private health insurance that provides decent coverage. There is a class that needs government help to be able to afford health insurance that provides decent coverage.

The trick is to look for policies that serve the interests of all of these economic classes, while keeping an eye out for how a government policy could harm or fail to help one class while helping another class.


@2005 David Virgil Hobbs