George Halvorson Sits Down with Big Think
George Halvorson, the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, is one of the more outspoken critics on the current U.S. health care system. He came by Big Think last week to talk about what he envisions as the ideal plan: a universal system based entirely around the patient. In order for this new plan to be successful, Halvorson urges that we complete two consecutive steps: first, universal health care. Then, a new framework. In the mean time, he says, we could take a few hints from the Dutch.
Halvorson also explained the all-encompassing health care giant Kaiser and how it works. He walked us through their model, one that he lauds as efficient. According to Halvorson, it’s Kaiser’s use of technology that sets them apart. Where else can you communicate with all of your doctors via cyber appointments?
These modern-day hermits can sometimes spend decades without ever leaving their apartments.
- A hikikomori is a type of person in Japan who locks themselves away in their bedrooms, sometimes for years.
- This is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan, likely due to rigid social customs and high expectations for academic and business success.
- Many believe hikikomori to be a result of how Japan interprets and handles mental health issues.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
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