Quickies: The Anita Sarkeesian story
Anti-vax funders and ghost networks
The Anita Sarkeesian story – An excellent bio over on Polygon, looking back at 10 years of Feminist Frequency and where the future may lead.
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement – “Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played an outsize role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. As a result, health officials have said, the potentially deadly disease has surged to at least 1,044 cases this year, the highest number in nearly three decades.”
Ghost networks of psychiatrists hinder patients’ access to care – “In a recent study, researchers called 360 psychiatrists on Blue Cross Blue Shield’s in-network provider lists in Houston, Chicago, and Boston. Some of the phone numbers on the list were for McDonald’s locations, others were for jewelry stores. When the researchers actually reached psychiatrists’ offices, many of the doctors didn’t take Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance or weren’t taking new patients. After calling every number twice, the researchers were unable to make appointments with 74% of providers on the list.” It’s not just BCBS with this problem, this is widespread across insurance providers.
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