The Business of Medicine: How American Hospitals Work

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America has always viewed itself as the leader of the western world. It asserts that it is at the forefront of technological innovation, sociological trends, and ethical treatment. This is far from true. In fact, the only areas America is number one in is Nuclear weapons and Guns.

The area we want to look at today is one area that is very controversial around the globe and that is the American health care system. As you most likely know, America does not have free health care. Quite the opposite. In America, you get charged for everything. Even if you are put in an ambulance after an emergency. You are charged for it.

Today we want to take a look at how the American Healthcare system works in terms of it being a business. We will examine how Hospitals secure their drugs. How patients pay for treatments. And why healthcare isn’t free.

The Issues

It would be irresponsible to talk about all this without first addressing the issues that come alongside having health that is as expensive as America’s. Studies are unable to predict just how many people die every year because they didn’t go to a hospital when they needed to simply because they knew they couldn’t afford it.

Turning healthcare into a product has meant it is sealed off to those who generally need it most. This imposes a real threat of death upon a lot of Americans. Many people develop extreme anxiety over the prospect of getting sick, but this is made worse with the financial implications piled on.

The Patients

So how does an American Hospital work in terms of fees? To put it simply it functions the same as, say, a plumber or an electrical might. They perform a service and then present you with a bill. But this is more of a scam than most people realize. A lot of things you might think are free, such as the use of the beds and ambulance usage when being transported, actually cost you. And they can cost quite a lot. They even go as far as to charge a mother to hold her own child.

Patients have two ways of settling up these bills. They can pay them directly or, more commonly, they are handled by a person’s health insurance provider. This works just like any regular insurance. Once the bill is received the insurance company will pay all of it. In return, you make regular payments to the insurance company. Of course, health insurance in America is expensive. Many people take specific jobs simply to get health insurance as a working perk.

The Drugs

In countries like the UK, hospitals are all part of one organization. And this organization gets its funding from the government and the tax-payer. So it is also the government that buys the drugs the NHS needs. They also get their supplies from distributors such as facemedstore.com. The supplies are bought to be distributed to the entire hospital network.

In America, each hospital has to make its own purchases from big pharma companies. This is why you see a lot of American hospitals using experimental or less heard of drugs. Big Pharma makes a killing off selling drugs to a hospital in the same way someone would try to upsell you a new car.

This has a knock-on effect that hospitals in poorer areas are unable to afford the drugs and supplies they desperately need. This creates a system where, again, those who are most vulnerable and in need of these supplies cannot get them. While the rich and powerful have unlimited access.

Why Does it Cost

The simple reason that American healthcare isn’t free is that America is the center of capitalism. It is a country run by the operations. Laws and made and changed off the backs of cooperation donations and lobbying. And as long as there is money to be made from hospitals, it will be a long time before we see free healthcare in America. It’s a sad truth of the western world.

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Are Billboards still a Viable Marketing Strategy?

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With the business world going through such significant developments in recent years the way in which many companies choose to advertise their services to the world has also seen a lot of change. The world has become a place of online interaction and advertising is no exception to this, many businesses stick to social media as a means of marketing their products due to the fact that is so accessible and affordable, making a social media account for your company allows you to reach a large number of people very easily without having to pay for the fees that come with the more physical methods of advertising. With online advertising seemingly taking over, it could be said that dated methods like using huge billboards are becoming irrelevant and not worth the huge amounts of money they charge to put up the advert for a small period of time.

 

Location

If you wish to have an effective marketing billboard there is a lot to consider especially when you think about how easy it is to use online advertising outlets which are much cheaper. One way that you can help ensure your billboard is doing all that it can for your business is to ensure that you choose the right location, location is key as you want to attract and spread the word about your company to as many people as you can. Locations like at the side of the motorway or on the outskirts of a city location are the best as these are places where traffic builds and people will be spending a longer period of time in the presence of your board. If you choose the right location you significantly increase the number of people and the number of time people spend looking at your billboard and thus increase the chances of them remembering your company.

 

Design

How you design your advertising billboard is also very important to how successful this advertising method is in bringing you more customers, you are going to want something that is clear to read and understand whilst being eye-catching enough to grab the attention of passers-by. You should think about using bright colors to make the billboard stand out and to help make it more memorable, it is important that your billboard cannot be compared to any others around the city as you don’t want your brand to be compared to anything else. The font you choose is also very important as you want people driving past in cars to be able to read what you are saying with ease, why not use the best instagram font generators to find a font that is easy to read and has a nice design quality to it.

 

Essential Information

One of the final ways to ensure that your billboard is still a useful aspect of your marketing strategy would be to ensure that you include the right content, with any form of advertising it is important that your message is clear and that it is obvious to potential customers who read your billboard what you are selling. Without clarity, people are likely to not acknowledge your advertisement which makes the whole process redundant and a huge waste of money and resources. A great way to make sure that you are being clear enough in your advertising whilst capturing the attention of passers-by is to include an element of comedy. If you are successful in entertaining people with your billboard it is likely that it is going to receive an increased amount of positive reactions and bring more customers into your business.

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The Small Tech Firm that Revolutionized Modern Marketing

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There are two professions that are considered the oldest profession in our species history. One of them is a bit too adult to be discussed here. But the other is sales. And sales is just another word for marketing.

Marketing has been an integral part of our species development since we waded out of the oceans. It allows us to trade. It allows us to develop. It allows us to advance. Most of the world now lives under capitalist ideology, which is based on marketing. But just as society changes, so does marketing. Today we are looking at the small tech firm that single-handedly revolutionized modern marketing.

TechNotia

TechNotia is a small firm operating out of Silicone Valley in California. As we all know, Silicone valley is THE leading area of tech and development in the western world. It is where all the best minds meet to create the cutting edge of tech and where technological trends are decided.

TechNotia specializes in marketing solutions involving newer technologies and platforms. You most likely haven’t heard of them as they have operated under a few names and mainly deal directly with large companies rather than the general public.

Some of their notable achievements include assisting in refining some of the bigger search engines that compete with Google and helping to re-brand a few of the most popular fast food chains online personas.

The Big Revolution

Thanks to the advent of TV and radio we saw the world of marketing change forever. And then the internet changed it again. TechNotia was present in the third big change in this line.

In our digital age, advertising is handled a lot differently that is used to be. Billboards are replaced with pop-up ads. TV commercials are changed for YouTube adverts. And a lot of people are more than sick of this type of marketing. It has taken something that was meant to be a way to connect people and turned it into nothing more than an online advert hub.

But TechNotia was involved in a form of marketing that is a lot less invasive. It focuses around using subtle blogging methods to generate interest in a site and boost its standing on both search engines and in the public eye.

The Methods

Blog Optimization involves refining your blog layout and functionality to boost its exposure. Methods such as SEO and link building are great ways of doing this that were heavily introduced and refined by TechNotia and a few other firms.

I found niche edits to be a great type of link when optimizing your blog for maximum exposure. It turns out the idea of nice edits and their functionality is directly a result of the work TechNotia did in this field. Along with a lot of the functionality of quality SEO as well.

All of these methods are favorable as they are a lot more subtle that traditional advertising. In fact, 99% of the time users of websites that make use of these functions don’t even know they are being advertised to. This means consumers have less marketing shoved in their faces and businesses can boost their standing while also improving their reputation.

It has been proven that people prefer companies that are a lot less forceful with their advertising. So if you are in need of a marketing fix for your business, you might want to look into some of the various methods devised by TechNotia to help improve your websites exposure.

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Why Now is the Time to Retrain as a Mortgage Broker

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It can be soul-crushing to spend many years learning and training in a specific field only to find your passions for the said field has started to fade. It’s an age-old story. People change as they grow and slowly lose interest in many things they once loved.

We are lucky to live in a time where education and information are so readily available. And some nations are kind enough to even offer this education for free. So it isn’t all that difficult to change your chosen profession. All it requires is a bit of time commitment and courage.

Today we want to present to you the case of why you should consider retraining as a mortgage broker. We will explain what a mortgage broker actually does and why it could be the right job for you.

The Job

If you are lucky enough to be a homeowner then you were most likely tod that you should find a good mortgage broker when you started looking to apply for a mortgage. The title of the job should explain what a mortgage broker does quite well. They are the person who brokers the mortgage deal for you.

Mortgages come with a lot of legal paperwork and red-tape to wade through. It is a time-consuming process having to sift through it all. A mortgage broker essentially does all the heavy lifting for you. They communicate directly with the loan giver, be it a bank or private firm. They negotiate interest rates and repayment schemes.

Why Now Is The Time

You might be wondering why now is the time to think of retraining to be a mortgage broker. By all accounts, the housing market has seemingly been on a decline for a while and the global pandemic has halted people from buying and selling properties with much ease.

But we have seen a strong pattern that, after long periods of forced isolation in one area, people tend to look for a change in scenery. And we have also seen that whenever the housing market starts to fall, it eventually rises back in force.

So now is the time to re-train as a mortgage broker. Once the pandemic is mostly over there will be swarms of people looking for a new home. Someone needed a change of scenery. Others have sadly split from their old roommates. Others will finally be taking that plunge and buying their first home.

So there is going to plenty of demand for a good mortgage broker. And those already in the field stand to make a killing. Mortgage brokers also have the added bonus of not being entirely subservient to the housing market.

Variety

A mortgage broker is essentially a middle man lawyer. You will need a solid understanding of economics and economic law, alongside building and homeowner laws as well. But all of this knowledge means that even when the housing market is slow and there aren’t many buyers around, you can turn your talents elsewhere.

Mortgage brokers often dabble in other areas of law concerning houses, loans, and disputes that generally revolve around the real-estate division. A good example is disputes between banks and the people who have a mortgage with them. In this instance, a mortgage broker can act as an intermediary or even help one side with their legal troubles.

They are also often called to help settle contracts when people are looking at renting a property rather than buying. They can help both the landlords or the renters in cutting through all the legal paperwork. And mortgage brokers have been known to help those in real-estate development.

Re-Train

Re-training as a mortgage broker will take some time. Unless you have a legal background already it may not even be worth it. But if you have some experience in economics, law, and real estate, then you should look into it. There are a few places that offer a specific course. But mainly you just need to get trained up in the specific areas of law related to it and then find a firm to hire you. Once you are hired you will receive more in-depth training.

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Why a Happy Workforce is Essential to Your Business Success

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The work of the business is one of the most volatile places anyone can ever explore. With over 60% of new start-ups failing within the first 3 years and mass lay-offs happening around the world due to the Covid-19 crisis, it is more important now than ever to find as many ways as possible to keep your business facing forward and producing a profit. In this article, we will be briefly exploring why keeping your most valuable resource content at work can make the difference between a failed business and a 7-figure buy-out.

 

Work within your Means

You may have spent hundreds of hours a month slaving over your brand new idea for a business and put in huge amounts of money while overworking yourself half to death, but that doesn’t mean that your employees should be following suit. You may have been motivated by your extreme passion, but those under you will likely be motivated by the fact they have a job.

Sometimes it can feel like your staff isn’t putting nearly as much into this as you are, making you think you should hire in new people or find a way to get them to work harder, but such thinking just ends you in this endless list of “would you rather” questions. In the end, it is only yourself who should be putting in this kind of work and the rest might require some patience.

 

Your Staff aren’t Superheroes

It may seem counter-intuitive, but having people spend more time working in a week actually lowers their productive output. The 40-hour workweek is far more lenient than the week’s employees have historically been put through, but there is a very good reason that it has become the standard.

There are many health risks associated with working much longer than 40 hours a week, such as increased stress, increased likelihood of substance abuse, and significant increases in health issues further on in life. Beyond all this, there is this simple fact that people who don’t get enough sleep and time away from work find themselves severely hindering their creative ability, which leads to further stress as they start to underperform at work.

 

There’s Value in Happiness

Beyond the simple downsides of unhappy staff, let’s move on to the positive aspects of happy staff. Keeping your business’ work environment pleasant and comfortable helps clear your employee’s minds of stress and encourages them to seriously knuckle down and excel.

A few extra plants and maintaining the aesthetics of an office may seem like redundant spending, but it has been shown time and time again that this is the exact sort of thing that directly translates into positive working habits amongst employees as they feel more encouraged to turn up to work and do a great job. After all, everyone is more productive when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves.

 

Learn from the Greats

There doesn’t have to be a limit to how impressive your working environment is. Many companies have proved this, such as gaming studio Valve, which has an unbelievably relaxed atmosphere, allowing staff to pick and choose exactly what they wish to work on. This has allowed them to dig down and discover the raw creative passion in their already skilled developers and allows them to produce widely appreciated products.

The internet and tech colossus Google have prided themselves for decades on treating their staff almost like hotel guests, giving them all of the freedom they desire with their workweeks and work-loads, basing their success on their output instead of restricting how they produce it.

 

Food for Thought

In these tumultuous times, it is more important than ever to keep a close eye on your profit margins and spending. Nevertheless, keeping your workforce happy can be one of the most important acts you take as a business owner. It is always worth listening to your employee’s needs and letting them know that, even though they are at work, they shouldn’t feel like they are trapped.

Allowing employees to free their minds and feed their creativity brings an unparalleled advantage above other companies, especially in these times where one person with a great idea can make all the difference in a sea of failed attempts.

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The Four Greatest Platforms to Market Your Company On

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In the constantly updating age of social media, it is important to keep up to date on the varying ways to advertise your company and its services, and what that advertising does for you and your company. In this article you will find the greatest social media platforms to display your company on; why you should be using them, and how.

 

Facebook

Facebook is the world’s largest social media giant, and it shows with over one billion active users every month, giving you the potential for you to be seen by the most users possible. Unfortunately, Facebook is less friendly than other sites of the same nature with it having a lower engagement rate with brands than sites like Twitter or YouTube, meaning it is important to have a larger, more diverse following to make sure that you are noticed, increasing your chance of going viral. With over sixty million businesses on Facebook, it is necessary to have a Facebook page, especially if you’re looking to compete with any other companies on social media.

 

Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to use for advertising directly through interaction with consumers and other companies. Most large, well-known brands, music artists, and influencers have an active Twitter account that is used daily to advertise to millions of people.

Twitter gives you the ability to directly interact with your fanbase and respond to feedback making it an excellent tool for spreading your brand on social media. One of the most well-known Twitter accounts being Wendy’s, who have used their Twitter account to be as savage as possible replying to messages from their fans giving them tones of attention and making them one of the most popular fast-food Twitter accounts.

 

Instagram

Instagram is a must-have for when you are aiming for the younger demographic with a massive 75% of all 18-24 years olds using the site. Instagram is a necessity for those that want to interact with and get shared amongst younger audiences with its sleek design and snappy algorithm catering to the younger audience allowing them to find what they’re interested in using the explore page.

This is a website for any brand, new or old, showing a competitive environment on the site with influencers starting off small and growing a huge following in a matter of weeks. Instagram users also have access to the inbuilt analytic tool called “insights” to find which demographics are interacting with your content; how your content is getting shared and how valuable your content is, check out this guide to post insights on instagram.

 

YouTube

YouTube is a platform you need to utilize if you’re wanting to get recognized. With over a billion hours watched every day and its own premium service that you should be taking advantage of, YouTube Premium. A service that users pay a monthly fee to get rid of adverts and gain the ability to watch exclusive content. The appeal of YouTube is the ability to go from having no views on a video to millions in a matter of days, or even hours! This is due to the YouTube algorithm that allows for traffic towards your channel no matter how many subscribers or likes you have with YouTubes main goal to show its users the content they want to see making you money off ads played on your videos and spreading awareness of your brand for the low cost of… nothing.

 

Keep in mind that there are other social media sites you can and should advertise and have accounts on. it’s just worth keeping in mind that these are the best and most useful ones that we could find.

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A Look at Different Marketing Techniques Used Around the World

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Global marketing is a powerful tool and a competitive field. It is difficult to take a product and market it to an entire planet. There are some companies that have done this to great success such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Starbucks. All of them household names with locations across the globe.

But the interesting thing about marketing, even global, is that it differed from country to country. Wherever you go you will find various different marketing techniques being employed to entice customers to spend their hard-earned money. Today we want to take a tour around the globe and examine some of these differing techniques. We will also examine how effective or ineffective these strategies actually are.

The United States of America

It is easy to forget that the USA, while called one country made up of states, is really 50 countries slapped together. Each state is gigantic. Bigger than most countries. And yet they all fall under one flag. And this shared heritage makes it easy to market to a large population.

To many outsiders, America looks like one big Disneyland. Everywhere you go you are bombarded with advertisements, slogans, logos, and free-samples. The country is the epicenter of capitalism. America makes use of the most basic marketing tactics. But they are basic because they work.

You have your cheap and corny TV adverts, playing around the clock on a number of stations. You have radio adverts and billboards everywhere. America loves to use happy, smiling imagery with bright colors and over the top actors. The idea is to create a positive association with the products being marketed. And it often works. It does mean that people visiting America are often overwhelmed by the constant stream of marketing.

Germany

Germany takes a more subtle approach to its marketing tactics. The German people are industrious and logical people. They are creative and strong-willed and don’t waste time on frivolous adverts. This is why you will find German marketing techniques often are direct and to the point.

Germans don’t need all the fluff and filler when they want to find zuckerfest geschenke für kinder or a new car or Xmas gifts. This means companies can focus more on the product. This is great for consumers as you are presented with all the needed information to make an informed purchase.

You will find that Germany uses less physical marketing as well. While there are still bus-stop adverts, billboards, and posters, they are in smaller numbers than America. Think of it like Times Square vs a Library. One is subtle, quiet, and filled with the needed information. The other is a museum of adverts and bright flashing slogans.

The United Kingdom

The UK has been the focus of the world’s attention for a while now due to Brexit. They have spent four years trying to get a deal sorted. But we mention Brexit as it is a great look into the advertising techniques of the UK.

In the UK, you will find advertising is everywhere, but it is a lot subtler than in the USA. Think of it as a middle ground between Germany and the USA. There are plenty of bus adverts and posters. But they aren’t as in your face or direct. British TV also has stricter regulations about TV adverts as well. Generally, the commercials you see in England are a lot more polished and professional. Not just anyone can get their advert on TV as the prices for it are a lot higher.

Since the nation is so small compared to the USA, any company can really market themselves to everyone. So that means there is a lot more competition. This is why it is mainly the big companies that use traditional advertising techniques.

Brexit is a prime example of how the UK uses more subtle advertising. The Leave campaign employed a lot of stealth marketing tactics to get people on their side. Utilizing a lot of social media and interviews rather than direct marketing. This sort of tactic can be seen a lot in the UK.

Australia

Australia is a beautiful land. White sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Beautiful wildlife and stunning scenery. And the marketing strategies of Australia seem to match this. Like the USA, Australia is filled with cheesy commercials and visual imagery in public. Albeit to a lesser degree, it is still present. But rather than using slogans and catchphrases, Australia banks more into visual imagery.

A large percentage of the Australian population is made up of immigrants. So businesses over there try to appeal to these people by presenting them with images of the traditional Australian dream. Sexy models running along beaches. Beautiful sunsets viewed by a loving couple. Family BBQs in the summer sun.

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