Marcus Foundation gives $15 million to help fight scourge of strokes
The Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to create a network for stroke care to help reduce disability and death from the disease in the Southeast. A wide swath of the South is known as the Stroke Belt, due to the 11-state region’s unusually high incidence of strokes and other forms of... Read more
Commentary: Squeezing patients is no way to help Georgia hospitals
A legislative proposal that has passed the Georgia House would intertwine hospital finances and individuals’ income tax returns. House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Tom McCall, an Elberton Republican, would allow public hospitals to seize patients’ income tax returns over unpaid medical bills. The debt would have to be... Read more
Legislators should not let hospitals reach into Georgians’ wallets
When President Barack Obama and Congress rammed through the Affordable Care Act eight years ago this month, it was adopted on the premise of bringing down health insurance costs for all Americans. But in reality, this plan, also known as “Obamacare,” transferred much of the skyrocketing cost of health... Read more
Hard choices in the ‘Granite Capital’: Can the local hospital be saved?
For Kathy Jossey, the idea that Elbert Memorial Hospital could one day close its doors is troubling both professionally and personally. Born and raised in Elberton — billed as “the Granite Capital of the World” — she has a long history with Elbert County’s only hospital. Jossey retired in... Read more
Cancer hospital bill defeated in panel vote
A hotly disputed bill to ease restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s facility in Newnan was defeated in a House committee vote Thursday. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 13-8 against Senate Bill 31, which would have relaxed the state’s limits on bed capacity and the percentage... Read more

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