Private Healthcare Bollocks

I said I’d offer you some images of my injury and recover, but in all honesty they’re more boring than the rest of my posts. There is just a collection of bruises around my knee and calf and the scars are nothing special. It looks rather like I’m the victim of domestic violence and the inflicter was a rather stocky but equally revolting little chihuahua.

However my recovery isn’t going great. I could walk now I can’t. The reason; we don’t fully know. Now I don’t expect it to be the plot of some sci-fi movie, where the reason I can’t walk is that aliens have planned an invasion and have made me an invalid because I’m the only one that can save planet Earth, even though that would be awesome (assuming all is resolved and I get the girl) but I’m surprised that private healthcare isn’t able or willing to fully identify what is wrong with me.

They believe I’ve had some bleeding and that clotted blood is around my calf, increasing pressure and causing me pain, and locking my calf in place, preventing me from walking. But this hasn’t been identified, no MRI scan or ultrasound has been proposed. What they are doing is treating the symptoms, so I’ve had antibiotics, pain relief and a massage. I’m guessing they make more money that way and I’m no better as a result. If anything it’s gotten worse.

I can’t see my consultant until next week and I still can’t walk. This is bullshit.


Daily Politics

Watching a debate on the Daily Politics, BBC2 about Marxism Vs Socialism. It’s an apt topic, but the pure capitalist endorser, Dr Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute doesn’t display a solid understanding of the facts, but simply touts his deeply held, ingrained ideology.

He claims that improving the wealth of the rich, improves the livelihoods of the poor. But that is far from proven. There exists some correlation, but the first rule of statistics is that correlation doesn’t equate to causation.

The inequality gap is at it’s greatest since The First World War and he says he doesn’t care! As if this isn’t a concern, or detrimental to the well being or state of the economy at large. Allow me to elaborate.

People on lower incomes have a greater marginal propensity to consume; if you increase 10 peoples’ £10k income by 10%, they are far more likely to spend that extra 10% than someone who receives an extra 10% on their £100k income. Improving the livelihood of the poor from the bottom up, is good for capitalism, better in fact than top-down, trickle-down policies.

The inequality gap should be of concern to Dr Pirie, not only for moral reasons, but somewhat contradictory to my opening paragraph, reducing it will support his own ideological goals.

New Start

“It is possible to make significant progress against the biggest problems in the world through the accumulation of a set of small steps each well thought out, carefully tested, and judiciously implemented.”

Starting my new course today via with MIT – The Challenges of Global Poverty. Above quote attributed to Prof Esther Duflo; @pooreconomics

Also had ACL reconstruction and got out of the hospital yesterday; I’ll keep you posted with my progress and pics for the not so squeamish.