WellStar Health System said Wednesday that is planning its third “health park’’ in Cobb County. The facility will be located in the Smyrna/Vinings area, an affluent area close to the city of Atlanta. It is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. The health park concept seeks to provide an array of outpatient services at one location, aimed at customer convenience.
Shortages of dozens of critical drugs have persisted in the United States in recent years, with manufacturing problems cited as a major reason. Some of the drugs in limited supply include anesthetics, chemotherapeutic agents, antibiotics, painkillers and intravenous solutions. An Athens shortage of doxycycline also illustrates the opaque pricing of drugs, devices and medical procedures. The health care system provides very few simple ways for consumers to compare costs before they obtain a service or drug.
The uninsured and young people are the most likely to support the Affordable Care Act and its provisions, a new poll of Georgians finds. Yet these groups are the least likely to be familiar with the fact that the ACA is still the law of land, and hasn’t been repealed by Congress or struck down by the courts, according to the poll, released Monday by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will lead a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing Wednesday about problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He wants the public to hear how the Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting those issues, which were linked to the suicides of three mental health patients.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says some insurance companies have filed plans to increase insurance rates in Georgia by nearly 200 percent for certain people under the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens says he sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday asking for an emergency 30-day delay of submission of his rate review so the department and federal officials can analyze the projected increases.
A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system.