Who Died? New Book Assesses The Battle To Control Us Healthcare | healthcare

Who Killed Health Care?, is a very good question – especially if you need to access “The Healthcare System” anytime soon.According to the jacket cover on “Who Killed Health Care,” author and Harvard Professor of Business Administration Regina Herzlinger is one of the most respected health care analysts in the nation; voted one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” according to Modern Healthcare.Not only respected and powerful, she’s a good writer, too. “Who Killed Health Care” reads like a murder-mystery where the usual suspects are out to steal the money and kill everyone in the process! Unfortunately, she’s not writing fiction. With 35 pages of footnotes and 10 pages of index, Professor Herzlinger puts forth a very strong argument for who killed healthcare – and the killers’ two-trillion-dollar motive!Good news: Regina also puts forth well-documented ideas to wrest control and revive healthcare from the killers still at large.Herzlinger takes no prisoners; her Introduction is an impassioned Call to Arms: “Healthcare is in the midst of a ferocious war; the prize unimaginably huge – $2 Trillion, about the size of the economy of China. Four armies are battling to gain control: Health Insurers, Hospitals, the Government and Doctors. Yet you and I, the people who use the healthcare system and who pay for all of it, are not even combatants. And the Doctors, the group whose interests are most closely aligned with our welfare, are losing the war.”"The American People must win this battle,” she writes. “A system controlled by the insurance companies or hospitals or government will kill us financially and medically – it will ruin our economy, deny us the healthcare services we need, and undermine the important genomic research that can fundamentally improve the practice of medicine and control its costs. The current system is well on its way to doing all of these terrible things right now.”Whew!Generalissimo’s introductory rant continues: “There is only one group that can prevent this damage: consumers – you and me – working together with our doctors. I wrote this book to raise a battle cry for American consumers of health. I want you to know why we must win this war. I also delineate the battle plan that will enable us to turn healthcare into a system that is responsive to your needs and my needs – a consumer driven healthcare system.”The General backs her opening salvo with a double-time march through the history of healthcare – back to 1933 and the building of the Los Angeles aqueduct in the Mojave Desert by Industrialist Henry Kaiser and entrepreneurial Physician Sidney Garfield – up to the exact hour of healthcare’s recent, untimely death.After shooting up every major combatant, ‘Reggie lays out her Marshall Plan to revive healthcare in the US.Who Killed Health Care is an outstanding book. I recommend it highly for CEOs, CFOs, HR People, Doctors, Medical Professionals, Hillary…anyone who is a healthcare consumer – or is thinking about becoming one. (That would be you!)To your health!

Financial Advisers – A Dying Breed? | Financial

So you’ve made your career choice and you’re going to be a financial adviser. A noble idea, taking peoples finances, hopes and dreams for the future and making them a reality shouldn’t be derided as a career choice. It’s a difficult role to do successfully and one that more people, given the transparency engendered by the FSA, should be looking at as a viable career option.To be a successful financial adviser you need various skills, including face to face people skills, sales technique, administrative capacity and mathematical ability. It’s a very difficult role to master and some financial advisers still claim to be learning the role twenty years into the job. In the UK particularly, heavy regulation and a leaning towards high levels of certification mean that it’s impossible to just jump into a financial advisory role. It has to be a considered choice as it takes a huge amount of time just to secure the qualifications required, let alone get a role as a financial adviser with very little experience. And therein lies the rub – how can potentially new financial advisers, newly qualified, degree educated and very intelligent guys and gals mostly, find a job when most of the companies in the UK financial services industry require financial advisory ‘experience’ as a prerequisite.It’s the chicken and egg scenario. You can’t get a job as a financial adviser without the experience but you won’t get the experience without working in a job as a financial adviser. This is where the UK financial services industry fails dismally in attracting new blood. Whereas other career choices such as Nursing, Teaching, etc all have smooth career paths from college, University, placement in temporary work experience roles and onto secure positions – Financial advisers have a difficult transition from qualification to secure employment. Consequently Financial Adviser is not perhaps seen as a viable option when considering which direction you want your career to follow, which is a shame, successful financial advisers will have a very good standard of living, many earning six figure salaries and earning huge benefits, particularly in the banking environment.Of the many ways of attracting new blood to the UK financial services industry I would suggest fast track graduate placement such as that used by other industries. When the graduate intake starts many companies will fight tooth and nail, using various incentives, to secure the best talent. Financial advisory organizations should be doing the same. The financial services industry has a lack of new blood and unless something is done to secure new talent on a regular basis – it is an industry that will slowly become more specialized and more insular than it already is, with an aging work force, well qualified and well experienced but with a lack of youth and dynamism to take the financial services industry into the future.Financial advisory

Personalized Pet Memorials | Pets

Some people believe that it is downright foolish to mourn the death of a pet. However, people who have experienced the joy of animals in their lives and the opportunity to share the bond of unconditional love feel that it is the perfectly right thing to do.Whether it is a human being or an animal, coming to terms with separation due to death is difficult. Creating a memorial for a pet can be an important source of reminder about the good times. Most people like to enshrine their pet’s memories in a simple photograph whereas certain pet-lovers prefer a more elaborate setting through a personalized pet memorial. As most local authorities do not permit burial of animals, cremation remains the best option.Most veterinary care facilities in the US make arrangements for the cremation of pets. After cremation, the animal’s ashes are handed over to the pet owner, who may choose to make it a part of a pet memorial. The location of the pet memorial depends on the pet-lover, but many people choose to keep the remains within the house or at the pet’s favorite spot. The ashes can be kept in a box or urn, which are available in wood, stone and metal. Most memorial container makers can include the pet’s picture or its likeness as part of the design and engrave the name and date as well.Personalizing a pet memorial is all about immortalizing the uniqueness of the pet and releasing the pain associated with its death. Pet-lovers can design the memorial as they choose, adding articles they consider necessary. For instance, some pet owners include their pet’s collar, leash, feeding and watering bowls and even its beloved rag, in the memorial. A few pictures of the people that loved the pet or small articles belonging to them can also be arranged at the personalized pet memorial.Some pet lovers preserve all the cutest moments in their pet’s life in photographs and videos, which is used as a part of the memorial. Each member of the pet’s family would typically have at least one special moment with the pet, whether it was the time the pup ran off with their shoe or the time the iguana bit their finger. These moments can be written down and added to the personalized memorial.While creating personalized pet memorials, pet-lovers should let the love for their pets guide them in deciding on ways to personalize and thus immortalize the pet’s memory.