Women joining the labor force

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Reduced fertility led to women joining the labor force. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared. Read more in Confronting Complexity by Casti,…

Women playing a greater role

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Reduced fertility led to women playing a greater role all aspects of society. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared. Read more in…

How fertility adjusts

I do not know how fertility adjusts to maintain stable a population. Do you? Help policy makers. Tell us. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared. Read more in Confronting Complexity by Casti, Jones, and Pennock  

With abundant healthcare

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, With abundant healthcare most children will live to procreate. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared. Read more in Confronting Complexity by Casti,…

If fertility per adult is too high

If fertility per adult is too high, then the population explodes and destroys itself. If the fertility rate is too low, then the population fades away. Do you agree or disagree with the statement, If fertility per adult is too high, then the population explodes and destroys itself. If the fertility rate is too low,…

Replacement Fertility Rate

If every child survives to become an adult, then two children per adult woman, approximately one child per adult human, are required to replace the adult population.

With abundant healthcare most children will live to procreate.

Do you agree or disagree with the statement, With abundant healthcare most children will live to procreate. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared. Read more in Confronting Complexity by Casti, Jones,…

Why Healthcare Cannot Be a Completely Free Market

The concept of supply and demand is the cornerstone of economic theory. For simple commodities, the theory predicts that the demand for a product decreases as the price of the product increases and consumers are unwilling to pay the higher price. The supply increases as the price increases and suppliers increase production to capture increased profits. The actual price of the product is a compromise between the desires of consumers and the acumen of suppliers.

Tutorial on the Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical market place is not entirely a free market. The extreme demand for lifesaving products can make standard economic assumptions inoperable. Therefore, regulatory mechanisms have emerged to protect patients and to provide patients access to affordable medications. There are three aspects of pharmaceutical operations in the U.S. that are regulated by the government:

Two Visions for Healthcare

It is clear that the U.S. cannot continue its current course in which healthcare costs are more than 17% of GDP and outcomes are significantly behind the rest of the world. It is also clear that Americans are an optimistic people with a firm belief in the idea of progress, which manifests itself in technological and business innovation. The two visions for healthcare that were presented at the Forbes Healthcare Summit are almost caricatures, however. There is opportunity for creative individuals and institutions. Technology has not been applied evenly in healthcare. While the U.S. can be proud of its innovations in high-technology procedures, its adoption of information technology is not even at the level of the pizza industry. Both visions emerged as a result of economic incentives, one to increase revenue, as was the case in Texas, and one to reduce costs, as was the case in upstate New York. The question now is how do we shift the incentives to create the proper mix of outcomes, cost, and risk?

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