I Read the News Today, Oh Boy…

Sunday’s NY Times

-Article on surgery costs in USA vs. Belgium: “…Michael Shopenn’s surgery in 2007 would have cost close to $100,000 in the United States. But it cost just $13,660 — including all medicine, doctors’ fees and round-trip airfare — at a private hospital in Torhout, Belgium. The Belgian government regulates medical fees, though most doctors’ offices and hospitals are privately run.…”  Somewhere I believe it said that average U.S. surgeons’ income is $440,000. Click here.

-Op-Ed on the funky air in Beijing, can’t find it right now, but this guy and family check air quality each day online and many days they do not leave their apartment. Photo looked like apocalyptic movie. Ugh.

   Yesterday went into SF. As I went over the Golden Gate bridge, the big racing catamarans were speeding toward the bridge. As I crossed I could just see their sails over the bridge railing, like giant shark fins.

Sign on sidewalk out in front of Trouble Coffee (Judah Street, S.F.) yesterday. Yeah!

There must have been 30 boats out off Slide Ranch yesterday as I drove into the city. Looks like the salmon have made it down here.

Roads are clogged with tourists. Ugh. Dog days of August.

The other night I stumbled upon “Do You Love Me?” on Grooveshark, the song totally familiar, but the Contours? Got me listening to the Contours. Boy are they good. Vocal R&B harmonies. Got CD The Contours, Essential Collection, been listening yesterday and today.

Do You Love Me by The Contours on Grooveshark

Tiny Homes On The Move has been slow in coming together. We’re dealing with maybe 150 different builders/nomads, trying to get hi-res photos, text. We’re about 90% done and it gets better daily. This book is alive right now. Lots of sailboats, it turns out. Lots of trailers. Since new material keeps coming in, we’re going to continue this book after publication with the tinyhomesonthemove blog for those of the nomadic persuasion.

2 Responses to I Read the News Today, Oh Boy…

  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm super-excited for the new book to come out!

  2. bayrider says:

    The industry skim is even bigger with coronary bypass surgery. Philanthropist and heart surgeon Devi Shetty has set up a chain of 21 medical centers in India where he charges $1,583.

    The Cleveland Clinic, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will charge $106,385.

    “The current price of everything that you see in health care,” Shetty tells Bloomberg, “is predominantly opportunistic pricing and the outcome of inefficiency.”

    In other words, “extraction.”

    No wonder more Americans are turning for help to folks like our friend Jud Anglin. For 10 years, Jud has run a “medical tourism” business linking up patients with overseas doctors and hospitals.

    Jud got the idea after hearing a radio news report about how Britons were fleeing overseas to escape the clutches of the National Health Service. Just one example of the happy customers he’s had in the last decade — a woman who saved $33,000 by going to Malaysia for a hip replacement.
    – See more at: http://5minforecast.agorafinancial.com/beyond-obamacare/#sthash.XrL9yiCV.dpuf

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