Eliminating CON laws would put profits ahead of patients
There are many good reasons why Georgia, like most other states in this country, has rejected decades of efforts by cream-skimming profit-seekers to repeal certificate-of-need laws. CON laws strike a balance between improving access to care, recognizing that a “free-market” system won’t work because hospitals must legally and ethically... Read more
CON laws help hospitals, but they hurt patients
In his recent State of the Union address, President Trump pointed out that although progress is being made on a variety of health care issues, health care costs are just too expensive for the average American. One reason is this: Hospitals are the most expensive delivery point in the... Read more
Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more
Rural birth centers would help many Georgia women
This Commentary is written by Helen Baker, Priscilla Hall and Jennifer Vanderlaan As of July 1, 2018, people in rural counties in Georgia can receive local hospital services through micro-hospitals. Although these 24-hour emergency units with less than 10 inpatient beds will help improve access to many types of... Read more
Effort to overhaul liver-transplant protocols would cost Georgians’ lives
Any day now the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the system by which deceased people’s donor organs are allotted for transplant throughout the country, is expected to issue new rules that will, quite literally, be making life-and-death decisions. But that is not the only... Read more

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