Notes 22 May 2017


Price graph

MicroCredit in the US  Aspen institute overview (Wikipedia)

Data on Microenterprise Development Organizations

Green American finance network (website)Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Compete Agreements

Survey of non-compete laws in the US


Yes. Trade secrets; confidential information; goodwill. No broader than necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interest; reasonable as to time, space, and interests to be protected; no undue hardship to the employee.

No, except maybe as to trade No, except maybe as to trade secrets.secrets.

Zuckerberg owns 29% of Facebook (23%)

Current Market Cap 429B





Notes 15 May 2017

Will Republicans keep the house? The average loss of the president’s party in the House has been 23 seats.

More nuanced from 538 “Donald Trump is unpopular enough that Republicans could lose the House, but there’s a lot of uncertainty.”

What the GOP gamble on healthcare means for the midterms

How Trump Could Rearrange the U.S. House

Doctors control the number of doctors in America (Mother Jones)

Synthroid vs generic medication

Why is healthcare so expensive in the US

From PBS: why does healthcare cost so much

In all of Ontario there are 11 hospitals that can do open heart surgery. Pennsylvania has roughly the population of Ontario and it has a bit over 60 hospitals that can do open heart surgery. So there’s no way you can operate on as many people in Ontario as you can in Pennsylvania even if you operated around the clock.

Office of Inspector General report on replacement schedule for CPAP supplies Bottom line: OIG did a study that says Medicare allows too-frequent replacement; Medicare says “no thanks.”

Is it Ethical for Doctors to give Placebos

Heart Surgery in India $1,500 vs $106,000 in the US

Costs of bypass surgery around the world:

MD LIve  $49.00 or less per visit

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear problems
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Headache
  • Insect bites
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sore throats
  • Urinary problems / UTI
  • Vaginitis
  • and more



Chronic Care management services

Mobile Health News


Notes 8 May 2017

Dr. Otis Brawley (Wikipedia)

Comparison of Healthcare costs in Maine collected by Maine Health Data Organization

Colonoscopy from $1,248 to $5,094

Knee replacement $28K-$66K

Arthroscopy of knee $5,000 -> $13,000


Per Capita Healthcare costs


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How healthcare is financed

What happened in 1981?

Costs of Administration in the US

Direct to Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceutical

Costs of Drug

From here.

I also found a longer article that provides a lot more data about the financing of health care worldwide.
And this one on global health.


Offshore healthcare costs from here.

From BCBS here.

Kaiser Health costs

Kaiser Health Care Prescription cost

Medical costs were at 17.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015 according to the USCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the National Health Expenditure Fact Sheet. They are almost certainly higher today.
The US economy has been growing at less than 2% per year over the past few decades. Here, from Kaiser Foundation, is the stark reality, in one graph,

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this talk by Dr. Otis Brawley (Wikipedia)

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