Thanks to those of you who have sent emails or posted comments in response to my Apathy post. Hearing nice things never gets old. Also, a few of you made some good suggestions that I plan to follow up on in the next week or so. These include changes to the format of the blog that will hopefully encourage more commenting. I welcome additional suggestions about the blog:
- What do you like about it?
- What do you dislike about it?
- What one thing would you change if you could?
Others told me that they don’t comment because they “are still learning” or “don’t feel informed.” Granted, one of the primary purposes of this blog is to reach out to a more general audience and help them to understand some of the complexities of health policy and health services research and their implications. So it makes me happy to know that there are people reading the blog who fall into the category of “here to learn.” But I don’t want to always set the agenda for the material to be covered. So, I want to turn it over to you all for a while:
- What questions do you have about health policy?
- What do you want to know about our health care system?
- What are your concerns about health care reform?
- What do you want me to write about next?
Okay. With that housekeeping out of the way, I have received a few more responses to the opportunity cost multiple choice question. Nobody has the correct answer yet. Not even by guessing. One of the reasons for that might well be, as one commenter indicated, that I did not explain what opportunity cost is all about. Please excuse my oversight in that regard. Sometimes I take things for granted that I ought to explain. And so, in the interest of space, I point you to my good friend Wikipedia to tell you what opportunity cost is all about. Give that a read and then try to answer the question again (or for the first time). Oh, yes, someone also asked me why they should care about opportunity cost. The answer to that is simple: So you learn how to think through your actions and stop spending your time and money unwisely.