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Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both
uniform and adequate?

(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate .
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Re: At the end of the workweek Patrick is paid a certain amount [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 07:30
What's ya doubt here..
Answer is clearly B.

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Re: At the end of the workweek Patrick is paid a certain amount [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 10:16
Exactly B, but I can't realized how I did it:))
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Re: At the end of the workweek Patrick is paid a certain amount [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 00:10
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What's ya doubt here..
Answer is clearly B.


Ya its 'B' but i was stuck between 'B' and 'D'

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Re: At the end of the workweek Patrick is paid a certain amount [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 00:18
D doesn't guarantee making his salary uniform..
That is why D is out..

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Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both
uniform and adequate
?

We need to select an option where the income is uniform so there isn't any fluctuations - an option which makes consistent income.


(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

There is a balanced rate per week, hence guarantees uniform income.


(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

There isn't consistency in this option, also note just cos he's increasing fee it could mean the parents could use other child care services. He might lose money if he does this.
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Re: Patrick usually provides child care for six children. [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 07:06
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D could make him loose potential customers and also existing customer might find it unaffordable. Moreover, an increase still won't suffice if all 6 are absent in a week

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Re: Patrick usually provides child care for six children. [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 09:29
Hi ,
Can someone please explain why option C cant be considered as answer, though i am sure of option B.
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Re: Patrick usually provides child care for six children. [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 09:31
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how do we know the seriousness of the illness? If they are sick probably their parents would prefer to take a day's leave and take care.
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