The Motives Behind the Lack of fitness in Our Healthcare Part 1 by Barbara Cerda

 

The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) has empirically argued that those countries where women are attaining an equal voice in legislature are leading the charge in creating a higher quality of life and healthcare reformation.

As the strongest economy on the globe, the United States is falling far behind in the war for better wellbeing. Could this failure be partially due to the United States Congress, which is comprised of 19% women out of the 535 membership?

The United States has a life expectancy gap in relation to other OECD countries. Yet we consistently tout the wellness of our current healthcare system. While it fails to address the needs and cut public funding, for the most underserved…women and children.

Amongst many in leadership, there’s a dismissal in how women can play a significant role in how healthcare providers tailor wellbeing. That path to gender fluid legislature is arduous and complicated, pebbled by male centric sovereign politics. We find ourselves part of a third world economic dysfunction when we elect few women in our legislative bodies. Alleviating this societal injury is necessary to bringing about true healthcare parity.

One country has taken great strides toward gender equality in its government, Finland.

This nation boasts a healthy 38% of female presence in its parliament and leads the world in healthcare reform. It is by far more empathetic to the needs of women and children.

Elected in 2000, Tarja Halonen was Finland’s first elected woman to the office of president. Serving in office for two terms, her legacy was to achieve a successful balanced economy.  An important part of this responsible fiscal reconstruction was the reformation of their health care system.

Envisioning a robust, value driven and cost effective medical system, President Halonen embraced the principals outlined in a Harvard business thesis, “Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results”. The Harvard team of Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg authors the study. The book illustrates how most purveyors of private healthcare have failed to deliver a system of value-based care.

Normal economic ideology dictates that aggressive competition in private sector business results in a lowering of prices and an increase in the value of that service. Private and governmental run healthcare agencies in the U.S. are the costliest in the world and supply the poorest quality in its deliverance of care. Finland‘s success in providing gender parity in a valued based healthcare system, is attributed to a strong percentage of women in parliament; a healthy 38 percent.

In 2007, the United States spent $7,290 per capita for an inadequate healthcare system. This number is a staggering two and a half times the average of OECD countries. The OECD places an average of per capita healthcare expenditures at $2,984. The CIA World Factbook has ranked the Unites States 41 in infant mortality rates and 46th for total life expectancy.

This rate of infant mortality defines a healthcare system that fails to provide adequate means of preventive medicine. Poor prenatal care results in low birth weights and bleak infant survivability. What does this say about the future of our economy the future of our country?

Gender Equality is necessary for the Welfare of the State

In 415 AD, a Roman Egyptian and Christian “Peter the Reader” was a radical who led a mob that accosted the female educational leader Hypatia. Returning home from a lecture, she was strapped to her carriage, stripped of clothing, and then dragged naked to the Christianised Caesareum in Alexandria. In the presence of the horde of Christian onlookers, she was skinned with tiles and seashells. Torn into pieces Hypatia’s body was then burned. Thousands of years have passed in the wake of that tragedy, yet those of us born female still struggle under the same omen of global gender disparity.

Three generations of the world’s greatest female warriors met at the Lincoln Center in celebration of strong hearts and the power of brilliant minds.

In New York City on March 8, 2012, Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief Tina Brown hosted the third annual Women in The World Summit. It was an event to celebrate women. The gathering was to shed light on the organizations that bravely step onto the global battle arena for the rights of all women.

It was an important occasion because an ongoing war to repair the harsh realities of global gender inequities still exists. The outcries of the youngest generation of women were heard in a single voice. The amazing then 16-year-old songstress Suma Tharu held captive her audience. Escaping servitude in her home of Nepal, her a-cappella voice rang strong and clear enfolding emotions. The lilting melody and lyrics cut through the glare of glamour and media to draw attention to the appalling truth of urgency for many millions of women.

In stark relief, the summit illustrated the wins and losses in the war to achieve global gender parity.

Nevertheless, these enormities of statements are only snapshots of a small place in time in the history for many women. Creating parity among the genders is not only the “human right” thing to do – it is the smart economic thing to do. Building gender equality is fundamental to developing a strong core to successful economic sovereignty. It is intelligent economics. This meme of creating an equal footing in societies will become the intuitive to how a nation should function in achieving success. Only in apathy will that path to gender equity not find successful completion.

The World Bank argued empirically the wasteful financial cost of gender discrimination to governments.

Western cultures live a tale of two cities. In continuing to support poorly enacted women’s healthcare and educational regulatory policies, they merely feed a singular narrative voiced by politicians. This furthers governmental underutilization and undervalue of its workforce. Opportunity for federal change has come. A seismic shift in world leadership is occurring; changing the geopolitical landscape forever.

China has undergone a 70% modification in its cabinet and national leadership. The French Republic has greeted a fresh new opposition leader, Socialist Party Chief Martine Aubry and a woman, Angela Merkel, leads Europe’s strongest economy. From Asia to the Eurozone and the United States, new global governance is inevitable. Fundamental fiscal policies that shape how countries govern women must be altered.

Women now account for half of the world’s universities attendance. They comprise 40% of the global work force – yet still lack formidable legislative power that directly affect them.

Often cloaked in the guise of economic austerity measures, government programs that support woman’s needs are the first to be sacrificed.

According to World Bank’s 2012 “World Development Report”, fiscal policies are the oil that lubricates the constructs of governmental and private agencies. They coop and steer advancement of the female population in all countries. Statistics illustrate that growth in the numbers of educated women in the world has been tremendous in emerging countries. Yet they still lack parity in nations like the UAE, India and Pakistan.

Women, who are heads of households, have become the largest pocket of poverty among the ethnic and the poor in all countries. They are most likely to be economically victimized by discrimination than any other demographic.

The world ignores a very important fact.

The realities are that the attainment of equality represents freedom to all to contribute to the economic success of their country. An important roadblock to achieving this utopia is in creating financial parity.

Institutionalized gender discrimination is a construct in credit markets. This is especially true when underemployment is based on gender and economic status. Blend these realities with the inability to represent and have equal say in governments. The achievement of upward mobility for women is doomed to failure.

The European Union and some eastern countries have instituted gender biased budget initiatives.

They are policies broadly based with a focus on the health and education of women. These initiatives have received mixed reviews; due in part to its application in emerging markets. In addition, the complacency for change and ending old dogmas in developed nations continues to block full implementation of these projects.

Legislated tweaks to established gender friendly policies are considered “sacrifices” in the name of fiscal prudence. Many western nations create appearances of transformative healthcare policies, while endemic poverty and discrimination toward women continue.

Global economists have demonstrated that there must be total integration of female participation in all economic constructs. Without complete and seamless gender parity, in all nations there can be no claim to victory over women’s rights.

“There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions.”

—Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History

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He Made an Ordinary Remark for an Extraordinary Audience

canstockphoto19595397 bankingSatya Nadella’s reply to the growing awareness of inequality among women leaders in technology at the Grace Hopper Celebration was an ordinary response; if the listeners comprised a unique cultural circle. Nevertheless, the ordinary commentary fell on the ears of an extraordinary audience. There is an expanding subliminal sense in humanity for social parity that will shape global socio-economies for generations.  Let the truth be known that if Satya were not CEO of the globe’s largest software company…his unfortunate audible would go unnoticed. He said…

On October 9, 2014, while speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration, a women’s technical conference, Nadella stated: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” Nadella said[37], according to a recording on the website of the event, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

“Because that’s good karma,” Nadella continued. “It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust.” – Wikipedia

Thanks to the modernity of technologies such as tweets and Facebook connections, those unscripted utterances went viral instantly to millions. Mr. Nadella’s commentary was in response to a highly charged political nugget. His talk was classic if you follow many age-old Asian ideologies.  The sentiments driving the words were not meant to garner support of the inequity or to ruffle feathers.  Rather it was meant to teach and assuage. Worldly commerce now dissolves sovereign borders creating a new need for serious social studies. How do we shift into the new norm of “political correctness”?

In the late 1980’s, when the EU was still just a suggestion, many economists pondered whether the fact of variance within cultures could create a “more perfect monetary union”, a monetary system that would rival the dollar.  The cultural divides between southern and northern Europe seemed obvious then.

The concept of “moral hazard” has become the great bell weather in how the ECB and Northern Europe will conduct the monetary reconstruction of the current liquidity trapped Southern Europe.  If regulators of shared monetary systems built on post war economics, struggle to regulate within western culture’s social diversity. How do we build a bridge of understanding amongst our thought leaders on how to think before addressing the most fundamental of global cultural norms?

Universal C Suite occupiers grapple daily to avoid such political moments.  Rest assured that these tiny parcels of time are unavoidable. Going forward there are varied cultures that compose leadership within global commerce giants that dictate how our socio- economies will behave.  It is needful that business leaders become culturists and learn to think and listen in global ways. Their audiences must learn how to listen, and then appreciate the richness of our multicultural world while making allowances accordingly.