Open Thread — Ask me Anything

* Molly’s kitchen garden flowers

Been a few days since the last entry on the blog. To jump start this stalled system here’s an open thread. What’s on your mind?

The purple flowers on the left are from a friend’s kitchen garden in Westmont, IL. Click on the image to embiggen in a new tab. Below, just for fun, I’d like to present two quite unrelated videos. I imply nothing by the conjunction. I hope you get a laugh out of them.

 

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

11 thoughts on “Open Thread — Ask me Anything”

  1. In the current Indian medical system, there is an incentive for the hospital to overcharge and over-treat.

    Let us have an alternate concept where Hospital charges a yearly fixed rate. Hospital gets to pocket the money if the customer spending is less than the yearly rate. The hospital makes a profit. The hospital has all the incentive to do proactive checkups, prevent overprescribing and over-treating.

    Will this system work in India? I want to know your thoughts, Atanu.

    Technically, the medical insurance companies should have the same incentive as described above. But somehow, in practice, the insurance companies seldom take an active interest in keeping their customer healthy. Maybe integrating insurance-companies and hospitals will help.

    I am inspired by Ajay Shah’s view in the following video:

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    1. I stuggled through around 13 minutes of the conversation you linked to. The host, Puja Mehra, is quite hard to take. Her fawning over her guest put me off to start off. But it was downhill from there.

      I find a particular manner of speaking quite silly where the speaker insinuates overly broad generalizations of the kind that begin with the word “we” — as in “we think of the world like this but it is actually like that.” I find myself mentally asking, “We? Who’s the we that you speak on behalf of? Do you have a frog in your pocket that you keep refering to yourself as we?”

      I am sorry that I don’t have an hour to waste listening to Ms Mehra and Ajay. But I am happy to address your question, which I will do in a post. Thanks for asking.

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      1. I was at times slightly repelled by Puja’s bias (which showed up), but I did thoroughly enjoy Ajay Shah’s points. It is a pity that our preferences differ in this case. Anyway, to each his own…

        I am, however, mighty glad that you agreed to do a post on this. I shall be eagerly waiting for that. Thanks to you Atanu, for taking this up.

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  2. A few themes to revisit and update based on what has happened in the recent years and a few new threads:
    1. Now that we have encountered disappointments in Modi and the general political class, how do you see Indian economy doing in the coming decade(s). An update post would be welcome.
    2. Freedom of speech – a new post will be timely seeing what’s happening in the US. Many years ago you wrote many fantastic posts on the subject including: https://deeshaa.org/2006/02/23/thoughts-on-freedom-of-expression/
    3. Indian education – Especially K12. you were quite interested in the subject in the 2000s. New insights based on what you have seen in years since?
    3. Unlimited Fed support in the pandemic- what are your views on the direct and indirect impacts? What would Friedman say?

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  3. Two questions:

    What was your most intense learning experience, whether during some formal course-work or during self-studies? … Some topic / subject / book / concept / principle / theory / etc. where you had to struggle hard, very hard, before the proverbial light finally dawned upon you gradually, or, may be, the bulb lit up suddenly? … If there have been many such instances, could you share one or two of them?

    Are you interested in quantum mechanics? Have you ever been?

    –Ajit

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