Back to Work

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Last week was my week off between semesters at DU, but this weekend I'm back to the grindstone.

My course in Social Services in America promises to be challenging and interesting, and I'm really looking forward to it. The professor is extremely organized, and I'm hopeful she will be demanding and focused.

My first paper is a definition of what I consider to be the worst social problem now facing our society. I think I'll choose health care, since I want to learn more about it, and the statistics I'm reading about the economic burden scare the crap out of me. Plus there's the whole moral issue associated with letting people suffer and die because they don't have health insurance.

To quote a parody of a former VP candidate: "Learning's hard!"

5 comments:

Random Michelle K said...

Oooh! I had to study lots of that.

One of the things I was most surprised to learn during my public health courses was that Medicare is far more efficient that private health insurance. We're talking under 5% overheard for Medicare and upwards of 40% overhead for private insurers.

Another thing you want to look at is the true cost of health care, not just in well visits versus emergency room visits, but also in how much of the costs for indigent care get shifted into health insurers and those who can pay.

Additionally, I'd recommend a look at the number of private hospital emergency rooms that have closed because the costs of indigent care were driving them under. (An emergency room legally cannot turn away any patient.)

If you want to bounce ideas off someone, lemme know. I can go on and on and on about this stuff. :)

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I may take you up on that.

I'm just so HAPPY to be in a class with ACTUAL CONTENT.

neurondoc said...

You don't miss the one you just finished? O.o

Janiece Murphy said...

No. No, I don't.

neurondoc said...

Thought not. I liked your final project, though. :-)