Personal blog: Excellent medical care, followed by nasty letters
“Final Notice,” the medical bill read. And that cheery tone continued: “The above account may be sent to a collection agency if we do not receive immediate payment.’’ The amount due: $26.04. At least they sent me an envelope with it (though they didn’t include a stamp). It was... Read more
Gainesville-based system warns of potential break with Anthem
Northeast Georgia Health System has sent letters to 40,000 patients, warning them that its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield may end Sept. 30 without a new agreement. The Gainesville-based system said that Anthem is seeking “drastic cuts’’ in payments for medical services. Anthem is making decisions... Read more
Commentary: Health strategy office can change lives
Georgia House Bill 186 contained lots of health care regulatory changes that captured broad interest within the industry. But tucked inside the legislation is the creation of an Office for Health Strategy and Coordination. This new center could make a big difference, not only to health care in Georgia... Read more
Atlanta health care prices on the high end, national report says
Metro Atlanta is in the top third of 112 urban areas on health care pricing, newly released data show. The prices in greater Atlanta are higher than those in Augusta and Savannah, the two other Georgia cities studied by the Health Care Cost Institute. The Healthy Marketplace Index report... Read more
Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal
The urgent care center diagnosed her condition as a bladder infection. But the pain in Diane Conine’s stomach soon became unbearable. “The pain got so bad, I was throwing up,’’ says Conine, 64. Her urine was filled with blood. She needed to go to the emergency room, her daughter... Read more

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