Dr. Steven Lewis:

Preaching the Gospel of Statistics at SAHO Convention

Nipawin - March 23, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis
  Dr. Steven Lewis has been a keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Association of Health
  Organizations (SAHO) and has stated that health care is in much better shape than people
  think(1). Also, he said that the public hasn't a good perception of health care and this is
  caused by the campaigns of doctors, nurses and special interest groups.
  Remember who is this Dr. Lewis? He is the one who headed the Health Services Utilization and
  Research Commission (HSURC) of Saskatchewan(2), and he is the one who caused the chronic
  nursing shortage in Saskatchewan and Canada by preaching the mass reduction of acute beds
  under Simard's Wellness model of health(3). Dr. Lewis is a world wide renown health economist
  who along with other professors has been spreading the Gospel that public health care is better
  than private health care(4); in the meantime their Gospel has reached the loyalist network of health
  care leaders across Canada and that is why Canada has a health care crisis today.
  At the SAHO conference in Regina, Dr Lewis has said that more money and time needs to be
  spent on statistics that show what state health care is really in, instead of relying on anecdotal
  evidence such as the ones provided by the doctors or nurses.
  Dr. Lewis is another Big Brain who has put statistical researches above the common sense of the
  doctors and nurses and who has provided the statistical truth that health care has not deteriorated
  in rural Saskatchewan(5). Dr. Lewis' credo in statistical researches reminds me of two humorous
  quotes, the first "I could prove God statistically" by George Gallup(6), and the second "There are
  lies, damned lies, and statistics" by Mark Twain(7). We are happy that Dr. Lewis has finally found
  God in Statistics but I am not happy that his Gospel has been embraced by our health care leaders,
  here in Saskatchewan or Canada. We will be working patiently to break down this statistical
  research credo, we will strive to take away health care directions from the reductionist experts,
  and we will strive to give back health care to the people and their local communities.
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day" ftp://sysdyn.mit.edu/ftp/sdep/Roadmaps/RM1/D-4143-1.pdf   http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/meadows/default.htm
  General reference: Articles by Mario deSantis published by North Central Internet News http://www.ftlcomm.com/ensign/authors/desantis.html


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George Gallup, the famous pollster, once did a study showing that, in long-term predictions, laymen did better than the experts! This obviously results from the forest-&-trees phenomenon: the experts are so wrapped up in the immediate difficulties that they cannot look at the sweep of history. http://www.cryonics.org/principles.html http://www.sot.com.au/school/gallup.htm


Samuel Langhorne Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain, 1835-1910. What does Mark Twain mean? On river boats, one member of the crew always stood near the railing measuring the depth of the water with a long cord which had flags spaced a fathom (six feet) apart. When the crewman saw the flags disappear he would call out "Mark One!" for one fathom and for two fathoms he called out "Mark Twain!" Two fathoms meant safe clearance for river boats, so Sam Clemens chose a name which not only recalled his life on the river but which also had a reassuring "all's well" meaning. http://www.robinsonresearch.com/LITERATE/AUTHORS/Twain.htm
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  October 21, 1999 Labelle Lecture abstract of Dr. Lewis' theories on reinventing govenment.