How do you give?
To all our friends observing Yom Kippur, have an easy fast.
thanks, Ellie. Nice, and reminder of better times.
good morning Ruth, altho I’m not sure what you mean “better times’
Yep, times when treating kids like hooman beans and kind behavior wasn’t undermining their self-reliance. Back when charitable giving was the right thing to do, not bleeding heart libruls socialism of the entire world’s otherwise noble independent standing your ground.
Kindness isn’t dead and it’s universal
I shouldn’t be weeping at 8:30 a.m., but I am. Very moving.
I know what you mean.
It’s from a communications company in Thailand I believe. They are good at it, lol.
True, but it’s under well financed and vicious attack.
And why does it make us cry? I guess we are hardwired for kindness in a more basic way than I ever realized.
The desperation on that young woman’s face got to me.
Perfect illustration of the phrase “pay it forward.”
In findings sure to gladden the heart of anyone who’s ever wondered whether tiny acts of kindness have larger consequences, researchers have shown that generosity is contagious.
Healthcare in Thailand
The majority of health care services in Thailand is delivered by the public sector, which includes 1,002 hospitals and 9,765 health stations. Universal health care is provided through three programs: the civil service welfare system for civil servants and their families, Social Security for private employees, and the Universal Coverage scheme theoretically available to all other Thai nationals. Some private hospitals are participants in these programs, though most are financed by patient self-payment and private insurance. According to the World Bank, under Thailand’s health schemes, 99.5% of the population have health protection coverage.
Although the reforms have received a good deal of criticism, they have proved popular with poorer Thais, especially in rural areas, and survived the change of government after the 2006 military coup. Then Public Health Minister, Mongkol Na Songkhla, abolished the 30 baht co-payment and made the UC scheme free. It is not yet clear whether the scheme will be modified further under the coalition government that came to power in January 2008.
Initially, under the scheme, no patient paid more than Baht 30.00 (about US$1.00) per visit to accredited hospitals and health centers for inpatient or outpatient care, including drugs. In 2007, the co-payment was abolished and UCS became free. As a result, Thailand was able to make healthcare more accessible to all and reduced the burden of health costs on the poor. 99.5% of the population now have health protection coverage. In addition, Thailand also saw an improvement in two-year survival rates for cancer and heart attacks.
generosity is contagious
Nice way to start the weekend, Ellie. Thanks.
thank you bg, and good morning!
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