One of the greatest challenges facing health care is figuring out how to assess the worth of thoughts. It is far easier to put a monetary value on a specific task such as a colonoscopy or cardiac catheterization than on the nebulous efforts of thinking and talking. This difference is reflected in how insurance companies reimburse physicians’ services, as they typically pay physicians far more money to do surgeries than for spending time with patients and thinking about how to best diagnose, treat, and manage medical care.
Month: May 2007
Before many of my readers were born, there were active negotiations between the United States and Soviet Union to limit antisatellite (ASAT) activities. These took place in Geneva in 1978-79, were recessed after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and have not been resumed. 1
As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan batter our national consciousness, we should recall that heady time a few years ago when some observers thought the United States would serve as the benign hegemon of a globalized world and the enforcer of global stability.
Welcome to the latest version of the missile defense debate, which doesn’t sound all that different from the superpower posturing of the Cold War.
The first step to a fair and equitable solution–the United States and Iran both admitting that they can’t have everything they want.
During an April 2007 speech at a Princeton University colloquium titled, “From Passion to Politics: What Moves People to Take Action,” New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer admitted that the world changes more by technology than by politics. He added that emotions can obscure facts and that political discourse requires an agreed-upon set of facts before policy can be rationally discussed. Unfortunately, politicizing scientific facts has never been more prevalent.
You would never guess by reading the country’s so-called paper of record, but Pyongyang actually has national security interests of its own.
When a company decides to sell food on the international market (pet or otherwise), it better understand that everybody’s health is at stake.
The American Society of Magazine Editors presented the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (under 100,000 circulation) to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the 42nd annual award ceremony in New York City on May 1.