As in past, Georgia gets poor grades on smoking
Georgia received four F’s and one C grade for its anti-tobacco work in the annual “State of Tobacco Control’’ report, released Wednesday by the American Lung Association. The grades mirror those the group has given to the state for years. The F’s came in categories that included funding for state tobacco... Read more
Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia
The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems. Navicent Health, based in Macon, said Thursday that it’s exploring a partnership with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins. The news from Middle Georgia follows an announcement Tuesday in metro Atlanta that Emory... Read more
State OKs new hospital for Lee County
In the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a... Read more
Zero-premium plans — an odd twist in a turbulent market
Free health insurance? The idea seems like a relic from decades ago, when health care was relatively cheap and big corporations offered rich health benefits to employees. But reports say that for 2018 coverage, there is an increased availability of zero-premium health plans nationally in the insurance exchanges created by... Read more
Are our health care prices not as reasonable as we thought?
The prices of health care services have long been opaque to the average person. Individuals often don’t know whether they are being overcharged or not. But recent efforts by health insurers, state legislatures and private firms have begun to reveal more information about the cost of care for consumers.... Read more

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