Malvina Reynolds [1900-1978] was a bit of a stirrer from the Woody Guthrie/Pete Seeger school of stirring. Other hits - usually made popular because better singers recorded them - include Morningtown Ride, and stuff about working class people, the great depression and the evils of big business.
She would definitely be on my list of people I'd most like to invite to a dinner party.
Is there something ironic about a magazine called The Economist costing $11 in
? Once the crochet and knitting patterns disappeared from the New Idea that was the end of buying mags for me. Australia
Medical waiting rooms often have the remnants of mags sitting around. The older mags are not so bad. Did you know the Russians have sent a dog out into space and it came back alive!!!!?
Mags of a more recent vintage [e.g. less than 10 years old] are useful only for exercising the page flipping muscles. Note to self: don’t wet thumb to turn pages – most of the people who have flipped through these pages before were waiting for help with a medical problem.
Who are the people in these photos in these mags? Just as my score in the Hun quiz hangs predictably around the 6 mark, the average number of ‘people’ I recognise in mag photos [if spectacles are to hand] is around the 2 mark. Sometimes this means 2 photos of the same, one recognisable person per mag.
The stories/ captions / comments in these mags could be bitchy or vicious, if only they were about anything of consequence. Do I care if someone is leaving a junk food shop wearing sunglasses and an ensemble that does not match? Is it any of my business who other people bonk, don’t bonk, whether they bonk at all, are only pretending to snog for the benefit of their favourite paparazzi ?
But I digress - none of this has anything to do with an article I found in a 2012 edition of The Economist in the patient lounge of a rural hospital recently.
: The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulation” America
This article contains lots of juicy examples, and takes a swipe at both democrats and republicans, but let me share with you a bit about Obama-care:
“Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness an injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.”
[Australian readers should note that, in context, the reference to ‘flaming water-skis’ appears to be a reference to water-skis on fire; the word flaming here not being used as an alternative to the great Australian adjective.]
The Health Information Management Association of Australia [HIMAA] website says our own clinical coders use an Australian version of an international coding standard. If this all sounds Greek-geek to you, here is something a tad more comprehensible from HIMAA:
Clinical coders convert information from a patient’s medical record into alphanumerical codes according to a health classification system. The health classification system used in
is the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), the Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) and the Australian Coding Standards (ACS). Australia
These codes form part of a data collection that is used for research, funding and health care planning. The use of a classification system makes it easier to store, retrieve and analyse data.
… which means coders scour hospital patient records for every conceivable opportunity to claim money from the government as well as providing data such as all the ways we can harm ourselves. “Ooh, application of bandaid… and it was a 1 inch wide cloth bandaid, so that’s code DBAO24424… no, wait, the injury was a paper-cut” sort of thing.
Clinical Coding is an extremely well-paid occupation requiring years of study and practice. The Clinical Coders of America must be laughing all the way to the bank.