The IEA’s Head of Health and Welfare Dr Kristian Niemietz discusses the UK’s national treasure- also known as the National Health Service. In the wake of yet another winter crisis, Kristian explains how other countries manage to avoid system shutdowns every year, mainly through the use of market mechanisms that lead to better efficiencies, and in turn, better patient outcomes. Interviewed by the IEA’s News Editor Kate Andrews, Kristian also addresses the issue of funding, noting that more cash can lead to a more generous healthcare system, but it is not obvious that it would help to solve the bread-and-butter issues facing the NHS, like A&E waiting times and cancer survival rates. Kristian lays out his ideal healthcare system, which he thinks could be a legitimate contender for ‘envy of the world’.
Ian Forrest, analyst at The Share Centre, looks at the lessons for private investors of the Carillion debacle and at numbers from Burberry and Associated British Foods. He also looks ahead to figures from Easyjet and Diageo.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the effects of the collapse of Carillion, at whether UK productivity is finally rising and, in London Blockchain Week, what blockchain technology might mean for our futures.
Adrian Bua is a researcher at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity. The Centre develops research into austerity and related concepts and practices, such as crisis, resistance, resilience, renaissance and transformation. It brings together activists, students and academics working on these issues to develop new networks and projects.
Wolfgang Streeck is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He is a sociologist working on political economy who analyses the trajectory and future of capitalism, democracy and the state in his recent books "Buying Time" (2013) and "How Will Capitalism End" (2016). This podcast discusses the main arguments he develops in these works.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Facebook makes a big change; Walmart boosts pay and closes some Sam’s Club stores; Activision Blizzard bumps up its game. Plus, best-selling author Dan Pink talks about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.
Planning on relying on the state pension to keep you afloat in retirement? After listening to this week’s podcast, you might want to have a rethink. On this episode, presenter Georgie Frost, consumer affairs editor Lee Boyce and personal finance editor Rachel Rickard Straus discuss what’s in store for the state pension. Will it still be around when they come to retire? A report this week suggests something will have to change to make sure it is, whether that be everyone paying more in National Insurance, the retirement age rising again or a means-tested state pension. The team also discuss getting hold of our state pension forecasts – and if they’re at all reliable.
And what about those who are already retired? The trio then discuss a growing trend of retirees extracting money from the value of their homes to pay off credit card debts.
In this week’s episode of Inside Business, we tackle corruption issues in Australia. Economist Dr Cameron K. Murray released a book last year entitled a Game of Mates, which uncovers the endemic corruption culture in Australian business. Matthew Cook speaks with Australian-born, British-based economist Steve Keen, the author of Debunking Economics, to find out more.
Adam Cox chats with Sam Miles, the head of production for Televisualise, a branded content company. They discuss how social media sites, especially YouTube, have enabled companies large and small to move from traditional advertising to a more subtle and less intrusive approach. From product placement to vlogging, this episode looks at how modern marketing has democratised audience engagement with tips about how to go about it for even the smallest company.