Training minority doctors a big priority for Georgia
Shirley Mapp was admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center for chest pain in 2006. When her doctor came into the room, Mapp recalls, he didn’t look at her or speak to her. “He said to the nurses, ‘There’s nothing wrong with her heart. She’s just got high blood pressure.’... Read more
Price for individual insurance:  $1,000 a month, plus deductible
The tipping point for Jennifer Thurman was the additional $100. Her health insurer was already charging her about $999 a month for an individual policy. And not only was the monthly cost high, but the deductibles were, too. Thurman, 36, of Suwanee says her policy also carried a $2,000... Read more
Kidney, expensive drug boost health of Cumming boy
Hyde Talbot’s young life has been one medical complication after another, the result of a rare genetic defect that eventually rendered his kidneys useless. Now, thanks to a new kidney donated by his uncle – and with the assistance of a new and very expensive drug – the 4-year-old... Read more
‘We are not a tire company’: Hospitals refuse to hire smokers
Three Georgia hospital systems have gone one step beyond banning smoking on their campuses. They won’t hire people who smoke. The three health systems — Gwinnett Medical Center, DeKalb Medical Center, and Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany — will drop job applicants from their candidate list if a... Read more
Health care consultant follows dream of becoming doctor (video)
Few people would leave a successful, high-paying career for a path involving years of school and the possibility of failure. But that was exactly what Katie Zhang — a health care consultant who advised hospitals and other clients about financial management — chose to do. And now she is a... Read more

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