At the Cato Institute’s Health Policy Studies department we’re not sure which is riskier – being the leading advocate for free market healthcare or this Cavalcade. Nonetheless, we’re glad to present CoR #56. Enjoy at your own risk.
- David Williams knows that air ambulance services are risky but wonders why. While the New York Times blames the hospitals for outsourcing to for-profit industry, Williams questions whether they could do better given their own poor safety record.
- Paul Levy sends the message he never hoped to send after his Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital is responsible for a wrong-site surgery.
- Bob Vineyard becomes a medical astrologist for one day. Tell him your birthday and he’ll tell you your chance of developing schizophrenia, heart disease or cancer.
- Jason Shafrin floats the idea of a new currency for premiums. He thinks you would trade your life for less risk.
- Jim Harper shows us how the risks we take reveal how much we value life.
- Jolyon Patten says there’s a chance that genetically modified (GM) foods are dangerous to your health.
- John Leppard shines a light on the other health insurance problem: physician liability insurance.
- Guest blogger Brian Poncelet at Million Dollar Journey gives a well-researched analysis of critical illness insurance.
- Raag Vamdatt dissects the anatomy of an accident and personal injury policy from Tata AIG General Insurance Company of
- Vera Lang asks us to look starboard and play it safe on the water.
- Jonathan Pleztke breaks down the Medicare puzzle piece-by-piece.
- Yours truly discusses the risks of letting religion guide health care reform.
- Nancy Germond provides managers with a list of strategies to mitigate the risk of “brain drain” at your company.
- Stephanie Balaouras points out that companies often overlook the risk of power outages, which cause more downtime that hurricanes, tornados or earthquakes.
- Leon Gettler cannot understand why companies are ignoring environmental risk.
- Joe Kristan gives a technical explanation of a new IRS ruling on how life insurance premiums and proceeds affect the ability of S corporations to make non-taxable distributions.
Personal Financial Risks
- The Silicon Valley Bogger is worried about the risks of money market funds. Is your $$ safe in one? Read and see.
- Jon Coppelman has a gnawing case study in political corruption: Zimbabwe, where the danger of running a legitimate risk management business is more real than the risks you manage.
The Risk of Progress
This might be bad news for the world. But it’s good news for the Cavalcade. There is nowhere to go but up as we progress toward CoR #57 at the Sentinel Effect in two weeks. Until then, happy risk-taking.