Jackie Danicki is a young woman who writes a blog that I read from time to time. She moved from Ohio to London about ten years ago and has recently moved back to Cincinnati. Due to her work situation, she now travels back and forth between Cincinnati and London, spending a few weeks at a time in each place. She has had considerable experience with the British National Health Service as compared to that in the U.S. Here is one of her recent posts on the subject, inspired by Michael Moore’s new movie.
Earlier this week Helen Evans, a veteran senior nurse in the National Health Service (the nationalized health service in the UK) and a director of Nurses for Reform, a pan-European network of nurses dedicated to consumer-oriented reform of European health-care systems, wrote an editorial piece in the Chicago Tribune that is worth reading.
This could be coming soon to a city near you.
Okay, here’s the techie tip, which coming from me – a total computer Luddite – is a real hoot.
I wouldn’t dare try to give computer advice to anyone who reads this blog because I would imagine most are vastly more computer literate than I, but on my recent trip I ran into several people who are very smart, but who didn’t know this tip. So, on the off chance that some readers out there are in the same boat, I’ll pass it along.
The Chicago Tribune article that I linked to above requires registration, which is free. Once registered, you can pretty much read the paper at will. In order to register, you must provide a username and a password along with your email address. You can’t just use a bogus email because these folks are on to that gimmick. The Chicago Tribune (and a zillion other papers that use this same registration system) will send you an email message, which you then have to click on to activate your free subscription. If you use a bogus email, you never get the email allowing you to activate your account. When you use your real email, after activation of your registration, you can read the paper for free, but you pay by getting bombarded with offers and headlines and other emails that you would probably just as soon not have.
Here is the solution. Go to Yahoo or Hotmail or any of the other free email providers and open a free email account under whatever name you want. Then use that email account to register for all the stuff you want to register for or for the times that you order something over the phone and someone asks you for your email account. All the spam, free offers, news headlines, etc. will go to an account you never use, leaving your own personal email account unsullied by all the junk that these ‘free’ registrations engender. You get all the benefits and none of the downside.
Pretty simple, eh? I hope the one reader that hasn’t already figured this out benefits from my techie tip of the year.
More on socialized medicine and a techie tip