A spurt of layoffs hits Georgia hospitals

The job-creating machine of health care has hummed along even during the recent economic slump. The sector added 239,000 positions nationally during the 12 months ending in October, with hospitals and their umbrella health systems generating thousands of new positions.

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Uprooted: Georgians seek revamped rules for assisted living

Betty Brown, 87, has lived in a Kennesaw assisted living facility for 11 months. But she has now lost the ability to propel her wheelchair by herself, and her son says that because of that change, state rules could soon force Betty to enter a nursing home.

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Medicare pay cuts to doctors raise alarm bells
More than 80 percent of Georgia AARP members say they’re worried that doctors may stop treating older patients due to an impending Medicare pay cut to physicians, according to a new survey. The survey of Georgia AARP members was released Thursday as physician groups and seniors gathered at a... Read more

This fall, Augusta-based Medical College of Georgia welcomed a medical class of 230 students, the largest in the school’s history. Answering a call by the American Association of Medical Colleges for a 30 percent increase in U.S. medical school enrollment by 2015, MCG has almost met that goal in just three years.

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‘Scary’ pay cuts loom for doctors

Johnny Peeples has practiced as a pediatrician in the central Georgia town of Eastman for 20 years. He’s there for the long haul. “I’m going to hang in there one way or another,’’ he says.

The economics of his practice, though, can appear daunting, especially with about two-thirds of his patients having government Medicaid or PeachCare insurance.

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