From the Nashua Telegraph comes an article on innovative ways for state governments to provide services:
A woman was spending four hours a day helping her husband to read books, because Parkinson’s disease had deprived him of the ability to turn the pages on his own.
The state determined that hiring someone to do that two hours a week for a whole year would cost about $2,300, based on the standard companion rate for that region of the state. Doing it five days a week would have cost more than $11,500 a year.
Instead, they agreed to purchase a Kindle at a one-time cost of $495.
“For less than $500, the family caregiver was afforded more respite than she could have wished for and her husband won some of his independence back,” the state wrote.
Thanks to Frank Sleightholme for the link.
Why are they paying $495 for a kindle? Is this on a par with the legendary $50 hammers that the government purchases?