health, poverty, power-law, gladwell
One of the clear targets of these programs are people with diabetes. A health condition that, like "hypertension, congestive heart failure or asthma" (other conditions in the "to-prevent" list) in so many instances, is caused, exacerbated or sustained by poverty.
The article also includes this disclaimer, "'All these local efforts are commendable, but they are like sticking fingers in the dikes,' Ms. Davis of the Commonwealth Fund said, noting that the larger trend was hospitals’ seeking to avoid the uninsured."
In a way, I'm most interested in the fact that this application of power-law statistics, in the hospital setting, is so practical and effective and less dramatic and morally fraught than Gladwell's presentation of similar arguments.
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