Monday, June 23, 2008

Can this be right?

3 Comments:

Blogger Ponte Sisto said...

WhiteStoneNameSeeker makes the point that when she was a nurse, a number of people didn't want to be healed as it would have affected benefit payments. At least, that's what I take it she means.

http://thewhitestonenameseeker.blogspot.com/2008/06/ones-he-didnt-heal.html

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Kit said...

What percentage of the population was incapacitated at the time of WWI? The total population at the time was much smaller, so the total number now might be higher, but the percentage unchanged. That doesn't mean it's a good thing, but at least compare the same thing.

5:30 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

To be fair Kit, there are too many variables for it to be a direct comparison but given the fact that a World War produced 1.6 million casualties in 4 years from a combined armed services total of 6.2 million leads me to think that either something cataclismic like a world war has happened (it hasn't) or (more likely given that the population compared to that of the early c20 is probably fitter and lives longer) that we have changed the way we count the sick. Counting the sick and putting those sick (who may not be sick at all) into the sick role has profound effects for society.

Just a thought.

12:38 PM  

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