What’s going to happen to us when we’re old?

Today’s health insurance premiums are about $14,000 per employee per year. This doubles roughly every 8 years and shows no evidence of getting cheaper. Most are predicting premiums will increase faster under health reform due to new unfunded mandates and regulations. 2020: $28,000 2030: $56,000 2040: $112,000 2050: $224,000 The median income is currently $31,100 and rises at around 3% for most of us. I … Continue reading What’s going to happen to us when we’re old?

I’m in Lucerne, Switzerland speaking at a conference today. This place is stunning. Also interesting to note the challenges that the Swiss have in healthcare. They have a somewhat similar situation as the US: they’ve been mandated to purchase private insurance since 1996 premiums have risen over 80% since then (our premiums double every 7 and a half years) they’re getting increasingly angry about the … Continue reading

Dr. Martin A. Couney, known as the Incubator Doctor at Coney Island created the famous Incubator Baby Exhibits and charged a fee to the public to view the “Incubators with Living Infants!” A sign above the spectacle read “All the World Loves a Baby.” He simultaneously saved babies, created a revenue stream that paid for the preemies’ care, and also pioneered the field of neonatology. Continue reading

In 2009, Kate Moss said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” In 1964, our Surgeon General said, smoking is bad for you. This was released when about 50% of all adults smoked. Now, in NYC, only about 12% of adults smoke. 46 years later. Which one has the most influence over people? Pop culture vs. the surgeon general? The issue of obesity is much, … Continue reading

You’ll get medical care, but you’ll have to pay your own hard-earned money for service… Buddy, my 5 year old never-been-sick dog, who likes swimming and rabbits, was on death’s door on Tuesday morning. He’d had diarrhea for a few days and then stopped eating and drinking. His eyes were so red they were almost bloody. His temperature was 105. He couldn’t walk.  I was … Continue reading