Defuse the ticking time bomb of Lyme disease
By Gerald Arkin It’s been about a year since my daughter was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. More precisely the diagnosis was tertiary, or third stage, meaning she went undiagnosed for years after being bitten by an infected tick. Prior to her diagnosis, there were years of doctor appointments... Read more
We must fix federal drug discount program
By State Rep. Kim Schofield Federally sponsored health care programs often start with the best intentions and have the potential to be successful in reducing the cost of quality health care across the nation. The 340B Drug Discount Program was created by Congress in 1992. The program requires that... Read more
Embracing telemedicine and other innovations
By Geoff Duncan It’s Christmas morning, and sadly the Atlanta patient is bedridden, unable to spend the most important holiday of the year with family because she has come down with a bad case of the flu. Certainly, there isn’t a doctor’s office nor urgent care clinic open on... Read more
Congressional inaction on DSH program will hurt Georgia hospitals
By Bernie Tokarz While lawmakers in Washington debate the nuances of broader health care policy, uninsured Americans are still turning to local hospitals to access basic care, and those hospitals are still on the hook for the costs of that care. And if Congress doesn’t act by the end... Read more
Help our state end the scourge of suicide
By Judy Fitzgerald September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and this is an especially important issue to discuss right now. In fact, talking about suicide out loud — regularly, repeatedly, and thoughtfully — is part of the solution. There are many ways that you can help prevent suicide, regardless of your age, race,... Read more

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