“The price for a joint replacement with artificial hips or knees ranged from a low of $5,300 in a hospital in Ada, Okla., to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, Calif., a 40-fold difference that cannot be explained by regional differences in wages, the sickness of the patients, or a hospital’s teaching responsibilities. The charge for treating heart failure patients in hospitals in Jackson, Miss., ranged from $9,000 to $51,000.”
- Kansas hospitals prices vary significantly along with nations, information shows (kansas.com)
- EDITORIAL: Medical price discrepancies are sickening (courierpress.com)
- Nurses: Hospital Price Gouging Driving Up Healthcare Costs, Self-Rationing, Medical Bankruptcies (sys-con.com)
- Some hospital bills vastly higher for similar care (hosted.ap.org)
- Hospital Prices Vary Dramatically – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- OUR OPINION: Sickening disparity in hospital pricing (enterprisenews.com)
- High hospital bills go public, but will it help? (news.yahoo.com)
We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets. Incremental changes will not save our cities. Cities will be saved by designing car free areas of areas up to a mile square. Cars and trucks will be relegated the periphery of future communities. Transportation within future communities will be mainly be by foot and bike. Vacant and wasteland areas can become new car free communities. Car free communities need have no stairs. Most future residences will be one level. Graded ways can easily enable transit between levels. A max of four levels is adequate to support a car free community of 5-10K. Thinking outside the box is the only way forward. Car free communities will be forced on us by climate change. Even if climate was not a problem, car free communities would make complete sense.
> So, is the structure of language a blueprint for the structure of the universe?
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Well now er um. As an old Doxiadis auditor, I am familiar with this thinking in a younger iteration. As a born and raised New Yorker, I know what a block is. But as one who has thought for a lifetime about cities and particularly about metrics, come to think of it, I believe this suffers from a failure to see the self-evident. What is self-evident but missed? The answer is: The imperative to separate oil and the automobile from its central control of everything else. Once make these things peripheral, and the scales will fall from our eyes. We will not lose these anymore than we lost horses, But they will no longer influence all else we do and think. My metric is drawn from my reading of Christopher Alexander coupled with my own evolution of his thinking. It arrives at the concept of the cyber-community which is 10,000 persons of all sorts living by choice in a community that is car free, no more than four levels high, stairless, lego-like and so on and so forth. I see it all. It does not exist. Neither did the car once. I outline it in my largely-ignored book, Triadic Philosophy.
- Lego fan builds alien city from 200,000 bricks (thesun.co.uk)
- Triadic Philosophy. $9.99 price will remain constant. Kindle readers can get updates free (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
- Triadic Tales has been launched on Kindle (stephencrose.wordpress.com)