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  1. Comment on Here’s what the oft-cited R0 number tells us about the new outbreak—and what it doesn’t. in ~health.coronavirus

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    How incredibly irresponsible of the doctor to say such things. Either he's woefully ignorant and unwilling to do research or intentionally spreading misinformation incredibly early into an...

    How incredibly irresponsible of the doctor to say such things. Either he's woefully ignorant and unwilling to do research or intentionally spreading misinformation incredibly early into an outbreak which little is known.

    It's refreshing to see an article talking some sense and not trying to be sensationalist.

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  2. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    First good on you for replying to everyone, that's awesome. Alright Caroline Rose. It depends on what you're looking for. Her first two albums were hillbilly rock which I was never a fan of. Her...

    First good on you for replying to everyone, that's awesome.
    Alright Caroline Rose. It depends on what you're looking for. Her first two albums were hillbilly rock which I was never a fan of. Her most recent released album is Loner which is much more pop-rock. I'd say my favorites from it are More of the Same, Cry!, Jeannie Becomes a Mom, and Animal. Then there's her upcoming album Superstar of which she has released one song. I'd say check out Feel The Way I Want from Superstar and Cry! From Loner. Good variety and great songs.

    I live on treadmills. I like the climate control, lack of looking for traffic, ability to zone out, and lack of wind resistance. It's blasphemy to a lot of runners but I like what I like.

    I haven't been making cocktails long enough to have a signature cocktail, though I like things with lime and mint. I think the Southside has been the best one I've made so far. I did make a celery gimlet a few days ago that was a lot better than expected. Using "How To Cocktail" from America's Test kitchen to teach myself. I do however have a signature dinner dish, pork carnitas. And a signature baking dish too, chocolate cake with coffee frosting. No recipe for either. Just a chocolate cake and coffee buttercream frosting. I always recommend using a whip instead of paddle attachment on stand mixers for buttercream, it makes it a lot lighter less dense.

    And what kind of music do you like? I love finding new music. Introduce me to something new!

  3. Comment on Taiwan’s single-payer success story — and its lessons for America in ~health

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    I'm not sure how comparable Taiwan and the US are, and a lot of articles try comparing the US to other countries when it is so vastly different. One of Taiwan's biggest schools is National Taiwan...

    I'm not sure how comparable Taiwan and the US are, and a lot of articles try comparing the US to other countries when it is so vastly different.

    One of Taiwan's biggest schools is National Taiwan University and looking at their website, medical school costs about $2100/semester. Compare that to an UNC where it's $70,000 for an in-state student, and almost $100,000 for an out of state student annually. In America, the beginning debt of a doctor is so insanely high, high pay is necessary to offset that. The base of the problem is that.

    Then you get to the costs of development of drugs. Drugs can take 10 years to get approved, and they can be denied at any step along the way, ruining a massive investment. Now, innovation and new drugs are important. Look at antibiotic resistance forming quickly. We need to be developing new drugs to stop these issues and to combat side effects and cross-effects with other drugs. From there, even if it is approved, there is no way to know whether or not it will be successful. Take the Lyme vaccine we had from the late 90s to the early 00s which was removed from market because anti-vaxxers claimed the drug gave long-term side effects, a claim which while never disproved, was never proven either. It was a vaccine which had great potential, but was squandered due to reasons completely out of the company's control.

    Thirdly, look at the vastness of the US. You have tiny states like Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware all with their own healthcare companies operating under different rules. Then you get massive states like Wyoming, with just over half the population size of the smallest state, Rhode Island. You can fit 63 Rhode Islands into Wyoming. The health needs of the states are vastly different, as are populations, and that's not to mention the issues of the rural hospital. Taiwan is half the size of Wyoming, and has 40x the population. They are not running into the issue of keeping rural hospitals afloat at a scale close to what America is.

    Without getting into the issues of Insurance, comparing Taiwan to America is insane, they're separate worlds. Trying to gain any insight from one country's system and forcing onto another, one must look at the country as a whole, and Vox failed to do that. I would love a better healthcare system in the US. Try doing what France and Germany do though, regulate the systems that are in place, cap premiums, cap administrative spending, don't let claims be denied for bullshit reasons, let the government play the game. Also get rid of all the state-based regulations and bring it nationally, a wholly open, national system with a large amount of private players and the federal government. See who wins. But we need to tackle a lot of other problems before we just overnight switch to single payer like Taiwan did. Different worlds, the systems and implementations are not comparable.

    If you're looking for a fabulous book on healthcare systems, look at The Healing of America, I was a big fan.

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  4. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Listening to music, been on a big Caroline Rose kick lately getting ready for her new album; Art, I'm going to a pop-up art show in a few weeks and am very excited for it; Running and general...

    Listening to music, been on a big Caroline Rose kick lately getting ready for her new album; Art, I'm going to a pop-up art show in a few weeks and am very excited for it; Running and general fitness, that runner's high is wonderful; Watches, they're marvels of engineering and works of art; Trying to get into cocktails as I love cooking and baking and that feels like a good next step; Cooking and baking as I just mentioned :)

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  5. Comment on What brought you here? in ~tildes

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    I like being a part of smaller communities. They feel more personal. I'm a part of a few others, and they're absolutely wonderful. Thought I'd give this a shot too.

    I like being a part of smaller communities. They feel more personal. I'm a part of a few others, and they're absolutely wonderful. Thought I'd give this a shot too.

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